Now Your Company Can Learn the Benefits of Engineering Empathy: Dev Bootcamp Launches Corporate Engineering Empathy Program with Pivotal as Inaugural Customer

By Dev Bootcamp • December 20, 2016

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We’ve teamed with Pivotal, the company accelerating digital transformation for enterprises, to announce that we have rolled out 12 Corporate Engineering Empathy training workshops to select audiences within their organization. This adaptation of what alumni and employer partners herald as one of the most unique and effective components of our student curriculum marks the first-of-its-kind training program offered by a coding bootcamp.

DBC-trained facilitators delivered the 12 workshops both in-person and virtually across several Pivotal offices – including its San Francisco headquarters – reaching 135 total employees.

LaTeesha Thomas, our Director of Partnerships and Corporate Training said, “We’re pleased to be providing this initial training series to a company like Pivotal. Pivotal and Dev Bootcamp share common values around being more accepting of people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives in order to create more inclusive and productive workplace environments.”

The workshops that Pivotal selected were a mix of guided discussions and exercises that tackled issues such as: implicit bias, privilege and allyship that can manifest in day-to-day office interactions including email communication, performance reviews and meeting conduct. They also provided Pivotal employees with a framework for understanding bias and oppression, a common terminology to discuss microaggressions and other social identity-based phenomena and strategies to combat these issues that can prohibit team productivity.

The collaboration with DBC also represents the first time Pivotal has provided this type of extensive training from a third-party partner.

Joe Militello is Pivotal’s Chief People Officer, and he said, “Empathy is one of the most important attributes we hire for at Pivotal. Pivotal’s mission is to help enterprises transform into software companies capable of moving at start-up speeds. As a result, one-of-a-kind programs such as Corporate Engineering Empathy empowers our employees to help our customers foster a software development culture in their respective organizations that’s optimized for change, and fueled by a diverse set of voices.”

Pivotal elected the “Creating an Inclusive Work Culture” Corporate Engineering Empathy module to roll out with its employees. Other modules include: “Navigating Difficult Conversations” dedicated to communication, feedback and tools to navigate difficult conversations; “Counteracting Bias in the Workplace” targeted at managers to help surface and thwart unconscious bias as an essential step towards effective leadership; and “Building Diverse Teams” complete with tactics to ensure recruiters and hiring managers are engaging qualified applicants who represent diverse communities.

DBC’s Engineering Empathy (EE) student curriculum, from which Corporate Engineering Empathy was born, was created to help students harness the tools they need to work effectively as individuals and on teams. EE is one way that DBC creates a supportive, inclusive onsite campus environment that enables students to learn under pressure, give and receive effective feedback and engage in collaborative learning that builds self-confidence and develops an appreciation for working with others.

To learn more about the Corporate Engineering Empathy program and receive additional information about onsite and virtual training workshops to bring to your company, visit here.

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