How “Constructive Laziness” Led To a Technological Breakthrough in Examination Testing and What It Means For Your Business.
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Sean and Andy Meet and The Rest is History
Sean Ring was at the end of his rope. A 5am wake-up call. Five screens blinking all sorts of nonsense.
Two phones ringing non-stop. Though he grew up in New Jersey (that’s Joisey to you), he had been living in London for 7 years by this point.
That’s when it happened. That fateful day in 2006 when he opened up Microsoft Word, typed out a one sentence letter of resignation, and left his broking desk an hour later. Wondering what to do for entire year – bonuses were okay back then – he happened upon a classified ad advertising a job in financial training.
Much to his surprise, he was offered the job the next day at a salary level not far off his banking one. Which either made him a great lecturer or a terrible banker. And the love affair began. Traveling everywhere from San Francisco to New York to Dublin to Paris to Moscow to Abu Dhabi to Kuala Lumpur, Sean felt like – but did not look like, one hastens to add – James Bond. Or Indiana Jones. It didn’t matter. Traveling the world and teaching was the mutt’s nuts to him.There was only one thing he didn’t like about his new vocation: writing those damn questions.
“Barcelona? What’s in Barcelona?”
In 2015, as Sean had just turned 40, he felt the need to upskill.Why not learn to code? All the kids are doing it these days…Sean had a job offer to work in Hong Kong starting in March 2015, and it was December, so why not go to a coding bootcamp in January and February?Sean: “Dude, I’m heading to Barcelona next month.”Andy: “Barcelona? What’s in Barcelona?”Sean: “I’m going to learn to code! And Pam can shop for two months straight…”Andy: “I’m coming, too.”Sean: “What? Don’t you already know how to code?”Andy: “Yes, but I could always learn a new language and it gives me something to do!”
Over a Chicken Lunch, A Bolt From the Blue
By Day 3 of the coding bootcamp, Sean was already hopelessly lost.
But he also knew that what he was picking up was really cool.
The amateurish beginning of the course merely amused Andy, who was already getting bored.And then, over a nice roasted chicken, Sean asked the seemingly innocent question…
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“Huh?” asked Andy, as he munched on the savory meat.
”What if we could create questions using variable ranges and a stem, so we don’t have to worry about question banks ever again?’
Andy’s eyes lit up like a Christmas tree. His gaze nearly bore a hole in Sean’s head (which was quite frightening at the time).Andy had remembered that he already built such a question engine, as you well know, and all he needed to do was convert the engine from PERL to Ruby.
Et voila! No more onerous question writing.
Andy continued to work on Finlingo for the next few years, in his spare time.As for Sean… let’s say coding isn’t his forte. And anyway, he had to head to Hong Kong for his return to the world of banking in general, and talent development in particular.
Hong Kong, the Mecca of Capitalism, taught Sean many things. One of those things was how much he hated working inside large organizations. So while Andy had essentially finished coding the rest of Finlingo, Sean was attempting to navigate, with mixed success, the innards of a global investment and private bank.
But this time, Sean wasn’t client-facing. He was a VP in Talent Development. This gave Sean the invaluable insight of what’s important, and unimportant, to banks and financial services providers concerning their greatest asset: their human capital.
.So while Finlingo is a wonderful piece of software, Finlingo Limited, the company, helps you put together proper training programs where: –
- Repetition is the key to learning, especially for hard skills such as modeling.
- Soft skills are prioritized for client-facing staff, such as salespeople and relationship managers.
- Webinar training replaces nearly all of the classroom training, especially for hard skills.
- We provide in-house training only at special request.
Reach out today for a chat about what we can do you. We’d love to hear from you today.