Team Training Case Study: Dictionary.com
In April 2017, First Step Coding instructors came onsite to Dictionary.com to train seven members of the QA team on fundamentals of programming and introduce them to web development patterns in a Node-based stack. Most members of the team had no prior programming experience. The team met for eight three-hour training sessions. Practice problems were also assigned between sessions.
- The line between front-end and back-end is clearer for the team, and they are now equipped to more accurately pinpoint root causes in bug reports and effectively reduce engineering costs across teams.
- This was already a tight-knit team, but the experience of learning to code together through a pair-programming driven curriculum brought them even closer together.
- Two team members will be transitioning from QA into software engineering roles.
- Remaining team members are already applying their new skills by automating many of their manual test flows.