Stacking Chips: Investing in new human capital

14 Sep

Institutions need to organize based on their needs at a given time. You can describe an organization as being top heavy or bottom heavy based on the kind of capital they possess. Right now, I see Fortigent Development as more of the former. The team is made up almost entirely of experienced and talented people who have multiple full-fledged projects under their belt.

Sounds ideal, right? Of course it does! A team of proven success is going to methodically succeed in their task. But what if you want to grow? What if you want to make this team something that will persist and be successful over the long term?

Working in a financial industry has got me thinking a lot about investing. What you have now is fine, but you want to make sure that it’ll be there over the long haul. Even better, you want your investment to grow. Financial advisors prescribe a myriad of strategies to grow an investment, all with varying degrees of associated risk. There are blue-chip investments; those you know what you’re getting out of them. But what have emerged as more interesting to me are the investments with higher upside. Taking an unknown quantity and betting on it in hopes that you can do even better.

Fortigent could continue on the path of blue-chip investments. We can bring in known commodities and allow them to adapt their proven creativity and problem solving ability to our projects. This is a conservative strategy that allows for steady growth.

On the other hand, Fortigent can expose itself to a bit more risk in the hopes of explosive growth potential. By bringing on Entry Level Developers, we have the opportunity to invest in unknown commodities. These are people who have yet to prove themselves in the software development world. We can train and care for new developers who have the pre-requisite skills, but have yet to find a platform to express them. With the aid of experienced developers and the structure of supportive management, these Entry Level Developers have the perfect avenue to become high performing development assets.

As a student of the life sciences, the relationship I envision is a symbiotic one. It’s a funny word, but it simply means that all parties involved get a positive return on their investment. Senior Developers must devote their time and energy into the grooming of new talent. It can be frustrating, distracting, and even painful.

So why bother?

Because sooner rather than later, the Entry Level Developer begins to actually learn about what they’re being exposed to! They can apply the knowledge imparted upon them by their teacher. This allows the Senior Developer to focus their energy on the cutting edge, and leave their legacy development to more junior team members. Symbiosis! The senior developer, new developer, and Fortigent all assume the positive outcomes of this relationship.

We are already laying the groundwork for this reorganization. It requires creativity, strategy, and thoughtfulness. Luckily, these are qualities that we already exhibit when developing the latest and greatest applications. We’re creating resources and a structure that will make becoming a high-functioning software developer more streamlined. With this backbone in place, and with the support of experienced team members, onboarding Entry Level Developers is becoming more efficient and more successful.

It’s time to diversify our investments and acquire high-potential new talent in the form of new Entry Level Developers. This shift in human capital at Fortigent will allow us to become a more diverse, fresh, and high-performance organization in today’s competitive market.

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