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Developers Say 25% Productivity Increase Comes with Commitment to Skills Management


Tue Feb 17 2009


(Brussels, Belgium, PRWEB, February 17, 2009) JavaBlackBelt, a leader in Java skills management and now powered by over 50,000 developers in its global community, today announced the results of its first membership survey on Java skills management and feedback on the JavaBlackBelt service. The top findings were: over 75% of developers said Java skills assessment is important to their project success, developers estimated that their Java teams would be 25% more productive if management committed to skills management, the JavaBlackBelt service received a 90% membership satisfaction rating, and a strong majority of respondents agreed that JavaBlackBelt was their best tool for skills assessment with the advantages of online availability and more comprehensive, up-to-date questions.

John Rizzo, founder of JavaBlackBelt, comments, "First, I'm very thankful to the participants for taking the time and care to offer this feedback. Next, any attention that comes to JavaBlackBelt from these numbers should be shared with our membership - they are the heart of our model. Lastly, I do see the 25% productivity gain from improved skills management as a compelling, realizeable, and shared opportunity for the industry, and I will continue to dedicate myself and our company to help achieve it."


The JavaBlackBelt skills management service is crowd-sourced and moderated. From its web 2.0-based site, developers take online assessments and managers access performance reports and learning path tools. The survey was emailed to a sampling of JavaBlackBelt members in January, 2009 and included over 400 verified respondents, who each completed the entire survey. (Read the entire survey.)

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