I saw an interesting comment on Dick Ms blog the other day.
The suggestion was that perhaps Excel skill levels had increased leading to reduced demand for external consultants.
Here is what I think based on what I have seen:
- Most recruiting orgs expect staff to be already competent in Excel
- Most staff aren’t as good as they could be or as they think they are
- Orgs have no sensible way to judge how good or not someones skill level is
- Many staff are crying out for Excel related training/coaching/support tailored to their availability and needs (especially VBA)
- Excel use has increased massively in many orgs over the last few years.
- Many of the new uses are more complex than previous
- IT/IS department interest/support hasn’t really changed much
- No one is rushing out to buy non-standard classroom based training
- Some people actually think Computer Based Training works!!
- Most Orgs offer CBT, but know no one has the time or motivation to participate
- Many orgs are trying to discourage spreadsheet use, but few offer viable alternatives
So in summary I don’t think skill levels have increased, but I do think complexity and the need for training have increased. I think worthwhile training provision has decreased, but pointless provision (CBT) has exploded.
Many orgs are picking up End User Computing policies which seek to limit/reduce reliance on spreadsheets – few back this up with consulting and training to help migrate apps and train users to develop in other ways or with other tools.
What do you think?
Have you ever successfully completely a CBT course relevant to your work?