Technical Book Development/Interview Protocol
Current Job Role
How would you describe your current working role?
Preferred learning style
How would you describe the way you prefer to learn? (vocab: hands-on, methodical, experiential, reflective, pragmatic, eager, lazy, peer-to-peer, group, taught)
Recent Learning Task
For the purpose of the remainder of the interview, please recall a recent significant learning task in the broad professional area of the software practitioner, and for a few minutes, think back over the learning period before answering.
What was the specific subject of the learning activity? (vocab: a language, framework, development approach...)
What was the purpose of this learning activity? (vocab: to develop, to gain familiarity, to be able to manager others, to teach others, to advise clients, for personal interest .. )
How would you describe the learning strategy you adopted?
Using the resource checklist as a starting point, which THREE resources did you use most in this learning activity, in what order and what did you gain from each?
Specifically, what books did you buy or consider buying and how were they used?
How did you maintain focus on the subject without following lots of interesting side-issues?
How did you validate your understanding? How do you know when you know enough?
See One, Do one, Teach one
What was the proportion of passive learning, active learning and teaching?
What would you change about this learning process with hindsight?
What advice would you give to a colleague about to undertake the same learning task?