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1 ValentinTudorMocanu commented Permalink

You can have the same problem with the FTEs. People can be re-assigned to other tasks, that are unrelated to the training subject. <br /> In fact it is a more generic problem, that is not specific to the process/agile training or even to the contractors (where there are some supplementary risks factors). <br /> I have lost significant time even with training of some team members - initially with an allocation strongly committed to one superpose and later re-allocated to other priorities. <br /> My conclusions &amp; lesson learned are the followings: <br /> - Investing all the training effort on direct training people could induce both risks and waste; people could leave or could be re-allocated <br /> - Part of the investment should be done on something really persistent: reusable training assess <br /> - Some examples of reusable training assets: guidelines, overview information, examples, exercises, patterns

2 AdrianRossi commented Permalink

It seems to me that having a policy that contractors will not be trained is like cutting off your nose to spite your face. Whats more important to the organization - that a project be wildly successful because all FTEs and contractors working on it are well-trained; or that you save a few bucks on training contractors so that they are less effective at their job, risking the success of the project and the team as a whole? <div>&nbsp;</div> These types of policy decisions are not rational but emotional in nature. So, of course ineffective, which is a shame.

3 ScottAmbler commented Permalink

Both of you bring up good points. My experience is that many organizations do not offer training to their contractors because of the expectation that the contractor is either quality already to do the job required or that they are willing to gain the skills on their own time and at their own cost. <div>&nbsp;</div> The renumeration strategy for FTEs and contractors differ in several important ways. One is that contractors are generally paid a greater rate/salary for their time but are not given the same level of benefits (health, training, ...) and are likely to be employed for shorter durations.

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