I used our education budget to get a yearly subscription to Harvard Business Review. HBR is an excellent source for management and leadership topics. I really like that they are often using researches and various data so it is not just someone's opinion. As an engineering manager, I gained a lot of interesting insights, especially about hybrid work in the last few months.
Rapid Software Testing Explored is a great four-day online course led by James Bach, who is one of the leaders in the software testing community. My colleague Vladislav and I decided to use our education budget for this course. RSTE turned out to be a mind-changing course, where we learned new powerful ways to think, to apply heuristic models and to test responsibly and systematically. After the course I’ve started to actively use SFDIPOT model when working on my testing strategies, and I find it beneficial.
My team and I visited Frontend conf in Moscow, which is an excellent source for frontend development topics. The purpose of this conference is to sort out professional issues and problems, broaden horizons and talk about development. The speakers were really interesting with experience that is very valuable for us, especially in user experience, performance and testing areas. As frontend developers, we were really excited to visit this event to learn more about the ways to create new solutions and to keep existing ones at the cutting edge of technology.
I used my education budget for subscribing to O'Reilly learning platform. In this way I have an access to almost any book that I could imagine, but also this platform gives me the opportunity to quickly obtain information in it's knowledge database, and to attend to some live events (conferences and courses) that are organized for specific technologies and use cases.
I used edu budget to participate in Saint Team Lead Conference 2021. The conference have proven itself to be a great source of presentations, workshops for team leads and managers, and also a great opportunity to talk with experienced people from different IT companies. There were several takeaways for me as an EM from the latest conference. One was a story of a company that decided to pursue no-team-lead self-organizing teams’ structure and it was a good opportunity to compare it with ourselves. Another one - which I gained mostly through the workshops - are good practices regarding the retrospectives on the team level and above.