Research shows that opportunities for learning and career growth within a company are hugely important for employee retention and engagement. We also know that in the software world our tools become obsolete every few years. And yet even the most enlightened employers leave it to their engineers to learn in their free time. We’ll discuss some relevant issues and approaches to the problem with an eye towards changes that work in the real, deadline-driven world of software development. We’ll also talk about several things that have or haven’t worked in my experience trying to build a culture of learning in a regulated financial services company. For example, a company that’s hesitant to delay critical projects for formal training may be fine with lunchtime workshops. Participants should walk away equipped to start building momentum at any level in their organization towards constant learning and improvement.