Developer Mentorship Program launches at GetUWired
By Ella Wilson
We get by with a little help from our friends. That’s a key concept of how we work together here at GetUWired. We _____ together. United we stand, divided we fall, that sort of thing.
That’s why we’ve just launched our Developer Mentorship Program. In this new program that started this week, our senior developers each “adopt” a junior developer to mentor, support and encourage as they grow.
By the people, for the people
One of the coolest things about GetUWired is that we rarely have management hand down “orders” without asking for employee input. The Developer Mentorship Program is no exception. This initiative came to life because all of our developers – new and old – wanted to find a way to share knowledge and help the entire team grow.
As we all know, teaching someone to do something is the best way to get better at it yourself. So with this new mentorship program, both senior and junior developers will be able to grow in their craft.
Mapping out a course to success
The mentorship program begins with a senior dev sitting down with their junior dev and asking about their strengths and weakness, goals for the future, and what they’re interested in learning.
“It’s good to see what developers are passionate about so we can give them tools they need to achieve in those areas,” said developer Garrett Seymour, one of our mentors. “Also, we like to see where they want to progress in the next year.”
Constant, unwavering support
After that, the mentor and mentee meet every day – once in the morning to see if they need any help on tasks, and once in the afternoon to check in and see how everything is going. Every month, they will meet for a deep dive and code review so the mentors can see how their mentees are progressing and if there are any areas where they can improve. It’s not as scary as it sounds, though.
“Sometimes we’ll just talk about different ways they can be doing things, not like they did anything wrong,” Garrett said.
Every quarter, everyone will meet to assess how effective the mentorship program has been and see if any tweaks need to be made. They’ll review a section of the developer “score card” to help the mentee get used to the topics mentioned in the score card.
“The goal is to have a natural progression where the junior devs won’t need as much support and where they build a deeper relationship that doesn’t require as much structure,” Garrett said.
How this program helps our clients
Each project manager works with a dedicated team of developers who are assigned to all of their projects. Of course, all of our developers help each other out when questions need answering or issues arise, so the library of knowledge we have in this building is always shared with everyone. But with this new program, we now have a structure in place to share even more knowledge faster, more directly, and on a regular basis so we all get stronger together!
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