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Introducing Educative Enterprise

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Fahim ul Haq

Onboarding 65 developers in a month during a pandemic wasn’t going to be easy. We knew that much. But we didn’t expect it to be that hard. It was overwhelming.

That led us to build a tool for onboarding new engineers. As we deployed it to help our developers become productive quickly, we started realizing that every engineering team needs it. That epiphany led to a full-fledged engineering enablement platform that combines our interactive learning library with our hard-won onboarding expertise to help engineering teams learn faster.

Today, as a result, I’m excited to announce the launch of Educative Enterprise.

Engineering Enablement…for Developers

Over the years, Educative’s product offerings have grown with our learners’ needs. Not only did we add multi-seat team management and single sign-on for groups, but our library has grown beyond Courses to include Paths, Plans, Assessments, and Projects so that engineers can plot and track their goals, as well as show what they’ve learned in rich, interactive environments.

Educative Enterprise is no different. We sincerely believe that great products are built by engaged and empowered development teams. There aren’t just product roadmaps but career roadmaps.

The key to success for engineering teams is fitting those growth goals into their team onboarding processes. Each and every developer has different technology needs – different programming languages, frameworks, experiences, and corresponding familiarity with your tech stack.

Some software engineers want to stay on the IC track and become partners or technical fellows, while others desire to move up the management ladder, coaching teams or designing products for a market need understood through product management efforts.

Each track requires different learning, and without getting the right experience and the right challenges, developers will leave. Churn is a constant for most engineering teams. But it doesn’t have to be. What if we could give every engineer a direct integration to the team, clear access to challenging learning and exploration resources, and help retain them with deep expertise in delivering product solutions?

It could look something like this:

This is what Educative Enterprise is. An engineering enablement toolkit not about the processes and the tooling used for your code repository and maintenance, but about the resources and experiences offered to software engineering teams.

Educative Onboarding

Educative Onboarding is the linchpin of our solution. It brings together your team’s relationships, company documentation, and Educative’s leading library of Courses to build personalized learning and development plans for new team members.

Help your developers reach their potential - faster - with Educative Onboarding.

Onboarding empowers engineering managers to monitor developer ramp-up without sacrificing their already crunched time. New team members can review company policies and procedures, learn the key technologies necessary for success, and ask for help on any blockers.

Assigned mentors can respond to questions asynchronously, while skip-level and lateral connections can help the new hires quickly understand business logic alongside company and product architecture.

All of this is personalized to each developer’s needs with customizable plans allowing you to:

  1. Add modules from the Educative Courses library.
  2. Create your own proprietary courses and modules for both the company and your product.
  3. Identify key skill gaps with Educative Assessments.
  4. Gather hands-on skills with Educative Projects without risking production codebase.
  5. View progress from the onboarding dashboard.
  6. Resolve blockers with mentors, and other team members.

Encourage Continuous Learning; Build Retention

We know how valuable our courses have been to individual learners. That’s why Educative Enterprise includes full access to Courses and Projects. Even after developers are onboarded, they can ramp up on key skills for new projects and direct their careers within the company.

According to Stack Overflow, nearly three quarters of software developers are open to leaving their current role, including 20% who are actively applying outside their current company. As a software company ourselves, Educative has had to scale rapidly and remain competitive in this challenging global talent market.

Thankfully, research shows that the two keys to maximizing production and reducing churn are a great onboarding experience and continuous learning opportunities for employees. You know us as a learning solution already - and we’re excited to offer a complete solution to the unique challenges faced in onboarding software engineers.

We’ve built Educative Enterprise to further our mission to help every developer become more productive and more successful, and we’re doing it in the place every developer wants and needs to learn - at work. Built out of our own experience with scaling engineering teams, Educative Onboarding can now help your developers become more productive and more successful.

Happy learning! And now, happy onboarding!

WRITTEN BYFahim ul Haq

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