Welcome to the Invo Department of Training and Development.
Most medium-to-large companies have staff who are responsible for employee learning. Some live in Human Resources and offer training on things like business writing and leadership skills. Others sit in a training organization that develops product and process training. Such groups usually follow a highly structured process of content drafting, reviews, and even testing, all using branded templates and sanctioned development tools before releasing a final deliverable.
In a start-up, or a very small shop like Invo, though, is learning just left to the individual? On-the-job training is invaluable, but what if someone is heading in the wrong direction, or they have a huge gap in knowledge? What about exposure to new technologies and innovation? When your most senior staff can still wear most of their college wardrobe, who provides management training and leadership development?
Enter the Invo Tech Talk.
Invo studio citizenship requires a degree of risk-taking, not only in taking on projects that stretch our knowledge and skills or signing up to cook lunch for everyone. The Invo Tech Talk has become a regular feature of studio life over the years and even interns may be called on to stand up and talk about a project, present on a book they have read, a process they are learning, or explain a technical topic that interests them. We also invite others to come in and give a talk (sometimes in exchange for lunch.) Everyone learns something, everyone supports the speaker, and we give (and get) feedback on presentation styles and skills. Producing a ten-minute presentation is a tremendous opportunity for growth in all directions—personal, professional, creativ-al, and technical. We learn about new technologies, of course, but also about research practices, product design, prototyping, project management, and more. Like our mentoring practice, the tech talk has become a strong point of our culture of learning.
Here’s a look at a few of the talks we’ve given or hosted in the past year.