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I have analysed the results for the IT Professionals and CPD survey I have been running recently and this blog post is to show them.

There were 21 replies to the survey. I would have liked more, however the results illustrate a sample of what IT Professionals are doing for development and CPD.

Remembering of course not to get too pulled into the “Echo Chamber Effect” https://maxhemingway.com/2015/01/13/the-echo-chamber-effect/

The survey covered 7 questions and out of the 21 replies, some of the questions have 1 reply skipped and some have none. The skips were across different replies so this is not one reply missing questions.

In this blog post I will show the initial survey results, then I will go into more analysis, details and thoughts around the responses in further blog posts.

(click on the graphs if you want to see a larger version)

Question 1: Do you belong to a Professional Body?

With this question I was aiming to see how many replies are influenced by a professional body and their rules on CPD (Continuing Professional Development) and Learning.

Out of the 21 replies, all 21 responded to this question.

  • 28.57% (6 replies) – Yes
  • 71.43% (15 replies) – No

Q1 Prof Body

There are lots of professional bodies in the industry today with some being more stronger than others with memberships. I was expecting fewer Yes votes to this question, but was pleasantly surprised to see just under a 3rd being members of a Professional Body.

Question 2: Which Professional Body do you belong to?

Following on from Question 1 I was then looking to find out what Professional Bodies were represented in the survey. I listed a few Professional Bodies, but also gave the option for other bodies to be entered.

The results below show the surveys listed Professional Bodies – not the manual entered ones.

Out of the 21 replies, 15 responded to this question and 6 skipped.

  • 80% (15 replies) – None
  • 20% (3 replies) – British Computer Society

Q2 Prof Body

Out of the other comments the following Professional Bodies were listed, but not recorded in the above results, so out of the 6 skipped – 3 replied with other answers:

  • IET (1 reply)
  • TOGAF (1 reply)
  • PMI (1 reply)

1 Reply had TOGAF as a result as this is more an Architectural Methodology than a Professional Body. Wondered if they meant member of the Open Group instead?

Question 3: Do you do any development / learning annually?

In the next Question I wanted to find out how many replies carried out learning and development.

Out of the 21 replies, 20 responded to this question and 1 skipped.

  • 95% (19 replies) – Yes
  • 5% (1 replies) – No

Q3 Annual Learn

Not sure why 1 reply skipped this question!

Question 4: How many hours do you complete annually developing/learning?

Out of the 21 replies, 20 responded to this question and 1 skipped. Based on the last question and going into the results, the reply that said no skipped this question and the reply that skipped the previous question responded to this question. So the replies to this question do align to the previous one.

  • 5%   – 0-10 Hours (1 reply)
  • 15% – 10-20 Hours (3 replies)
  • 15% – 20-30 Hours (3 replies)
  • 10% – 30-40 Hours (2 replies)
  • 10% – 40-50 Hours (2 replies)
  • 10% – 50-60 Hours (2 replies)
  • 0%   – 60-70 Hours (0 replies)
  • 10% – 70-80 Hours (2 replies)
  • 0%   – 80-90 Hours (0 replies)
  • 5%   – 90-100 Hours (1 replies)
  • 15% – 100-150 Hours (3 replies)
  • 5%   – 150-200 Hours (1 reply)
  • 0%   – 200+ Hours (0 replies)

Q4. Hours Dev

There is quite a spread over the replies illustrating that although most of the respondents carried out annual development and learning there are differences as to how much everyone actually does.

There was one comment on this question

  • Depends if you include project related development (i.e. doing some in the course of a project you’ve never done before)

Question 5: Do you record this learning in a CPD Plan

Out of the 21 replies, all 21 responded to this question.

  • 33.33% (7 replies) – Yes
  • 66.67% (14 replies) – No

Q5. Rec Plan

These results are roughly in line with question 1 which is interesting at the initial view to ask the question are these CPD’s influenced by a Professional Body or other things. More analysis of the results is needed here.

Question 6: How many hours do you think IT Professionals should spend on CPD annually?

Out of the 21 replies, 20 responded to this question and 1 skipped.

  • 0%   – 0-10 Hours (0 reply)
  • 0% – 10-20 Hours (0 replies)
  • 0% – 20-30 Hours (0 replies)
  • 10% – 30-40 Hours (2 replies)
  • 20% – 40-50 Hours (4 replies)
  • 15% – 50-60 Hours (3 replies)
  • 0%   – 60-70 Hours (0 replies)
  • 10% – 70-80 Hours (2 replies)
  • 0%   – 80-90 Hours (0 replies)
  • 5%   – 90-100 Hours (1 replies)
  • 15% – 100-150 Hours (3 replies)
  • 15% – 150-200 Hours (3 reply)

Q6. How Many

I will perform some more analysis between questions 4 and 6 to see if there are any correlations between what respondents do annually and what they think should be done annually. More analysis of the results is needed here.

Initially though the graphs show that at least 7 respondents think that they should be doing more than they actually are.

There was one comment on this question

  • 1 hour daily

Question 7 : Any other comments you would like to add on the subject of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Hours for IT Professionals?

This was an open question to allow the respondents to. Here are couple of the replies. I will analyse these and the other responses further in another blog post.

  • Given the speed of change in IT, I think an average of 2 to 3 hours per week in a mix of verifiable ( e.g. courses (on-line or physical)) and unverifiable- Blogs, papers, news sources, hands on etc. should be a minimum to aim for.
  • This is really important and specially capturing and tracking that give sense of learning.

Related blog posts:

https://maxhemingway.com/2015/01/06/it-professionals-and-continuing-professional-development-cpd-hours/

https://maxhemingway.com/2015/01/12/survey-on-it-professionals-and-cpd-hours/

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