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The Sheep Dip: Developer Boot Camps, Training Events, and Evangelism

October 5th, 2009

I found Andy Hunt’s description of Sheep Dip Training funny:

A¬†sheep dip is a large tank in which you dunk the unsuspecting sheep to clean them up and rid them of parasites. The sheep line up; you grab one and dunk it in the tank … It wears off, of course, so you have to dip them again.

Sheep dip training follows the same model. You lineup unsuspecting employees, dunk them in an intensive, three-to-five day event … and proclaim them to be Java developers, .NET developers, or what have you. It wears off, of course, so next year you need to have a “refresher” course – another dip.

Companies love standardized “sheep dip” training … There’s only one drawback. This naive approach doesn’t work … – Pragmatic Thinking and Learning by Andy Hunt

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