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19 April 2013, by Chris Harris
At Softwire, we have always focused on productivity, including making sure that any time spent on training is value for money. So to pass information around the company without impacting on people’s work, we have set up what we call “lunch and learn” sessions. These are one hour informal training sessions, over a free lunch provided by our in-house chef. Employees take turns to talk about interesting technical challenges, new technologies or recent customer projects.
The benefits of these sessions are numerous. Two striking examples are passing on technical knowledge, which improves efficiency on other projects, and communicating about recent project successes to our business development team, who can then use this to explain what we can do to potential clients.
Later, in January this year, one of our project managers gave a short overview of a high profile project that she had delivered for a media client. Yemi from our business development team used the details of this project to demonstrate our commitment to high performance code and closed a new client for the company.