I've been a proponent for training on our team since I've started with a new company. I'm dealing with two newer technologies now and my peers have given me their opinion that additional training would help everyone, including some new hires to the team. However, management hasn't bought into this idea. They say yes we should do it, but it never happens.
I'm making the assumption that they don't feel it's worth the cost, but I'm not aware of anyone actually trying to measure it's effectiveness after the fact in our company other than they just give survey's when people do training and that is about it.
The problem is I haven't been able to find any independent studies to show the ROI for developer training. Everything I've found has been for other areas of the company, like HR or sales, unless it's coming directly from a company that does training, so it's not independent. About all I've come up with is a comment that it will pay for itself by increased developer productivity in 3 months. I have no idea what that was based on.
I will add that I work for a healthcare services company and that our CIO has stated that we are now a technology company. They have invested in everyone taking SCRUM training, which I have taken. They are allocating money for developer training for the technologies we work with and other groups have gotten it, just not my team. I have been asked by my managers, both my current and previous to fill out requests for training, which I have done four times now. It's just never been approved.
Has anyone else dealt with this problem and came up with an effective solution?