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Impact Engineering Retention This Month – 3 Tips for Tech Leaders

If the engineer is burnt-out and disengaged, this conversation is an opportunity to learn as a manager, what’s failing your employee, and set a goal for improvement for the next year.

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Retaining Engineers At The Crossroads - A Framework For Examining Retention

Ultimately, employees are the ones who make the decision about staying: if the pros of a company outweigh the unknowns of trying someplace new.

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ROI Of Great Engineering Onboarding

Engaged developers will be less susceptible to the inbound interest from external recruiters in this intense job market, thanks to the more connections they make through integrated onboarding.

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What Developers Say About Good Onboarding

Engineers want to know what to expect from their new professional setting. Finding out that the rosy picture painted during the hiring process isn’t true calls into question if they’re starting on a level playing field with their hiring managers and coworkers.

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The Consequences of Not Onboarding Well

Ultimately, the consequences of not onboarding well have negative impacts on tech leads, engineering teams, and hiring managers. A poor onboarding plan will undermine all the investment and effort put into the long hiring process.

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DEVOPS INSTITUTE PODCAST: Humans Are Human with Kristen Buchanan

Find out how DevOps principles can be applied to people and team management, what the future of work holds and so much more!

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Edify Helps You Build Great Engineering Culture

We designed Edify to help engineering teams build and sustain their culture. By using Edify to onboard and level-up your team members you have a tool that helps you build, communicate, track, and maintain your engineering culture; automating repeatable processes, and creating consistency across your engineering organization.

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PDXWIT PODCAST: Kristen Buchanan and Equitable Onboarding

In this podcast episode, Edify's CEO and founder talks about equitable engineering onboarding.

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INFOQ: New Approaches to Engineer Onboarding with Kristen Buchanan

In this InfoQ podcast, Edify CEO and founder Kristen Buchanan talks about new approaches to engineer onboarding and reducing time to productivity for new hires.‍

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How A Good Engineering Philosophy Can Promote Important “Glue Work”

Developers want to be part of a supportive community that values their perspectives and contributions.

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THE NEXT WAVE PODCAST: Edify and Kristen Buchanan

Edify Founder and CEO guests on The Next Wave Podcast - a weekly podcast show that talks about the latest news and trends in AI, blockchain, IoT, and cloud with founders and innovators building the next wave.

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Edify Collabs: Great Minds Think Alike IV: An Interview with Darrian Mikell of Qualifi

Edify’s Founder and CEO chatted with Qualifi CEO and Co-Founder Darrian Mikell on removing friction in recruiting.

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Defining Expectations For Your Engineering Culture

As tech companies try to retain their talent during this Great Resignation, there’s a growing consensus that the reason so many workers are quitting stems from their expectations no longer lining up with the expectations of the organization.

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What's New: Documentation Maintenance, Dashboard Reports, and Simplified Navigation

Take a look at our recent product updates as of October 8, 2021!

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Culture Check – Before Hiring, Understand Your Engineering Culture

A healthy engineering culture will make or break a company’s hiring goals. Before posting that job opening, the first step should be understanding the state of your current engineering culture.

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THE PDX EXECUTIVE PODCAST: Kristen Buchanan from Consultant to Tech Founder

Listen to Edify's CEO and Founder as she shares about her journey from onboarding tech companies' new hires to building the operating system for engineering teams.

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BUILT IN: Want a High Performing Dev Team? Improve Your Time to Productivity

When the stakes are high — and they always feel high during a product launch — you’ve got to understand what you’re trying to improve before you can improve it.

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Secret Sauce – How We Onboard Engineers at Edify: A Q&A with Director of Data Science Kate Farmer

How does a company that specializes in technical onboarding create its own program for software engineers? At Edify, our secret sauce is a mix of our own product – eddy – with our philosophy on technical onboarding.

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Engineering Onboarding Is Larger Than HR

If you aren’t asking HR to code, why are you asking HR to lead engineer onboarding?

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FORBES: The Secret To Successful Remote Engineering Is Onboarding

In this Forbes article, CEO and Founder of Edify shares about successfully onboarding software engineers remotely.

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Ignoring Onboarding Is An Expensive Mistake

Finding the right team members takes time and money. Training your new hires can stop your most valuable resource from walking out the door.

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Edify Collabs: Great Minds Think Alike III - Getting To Know Anjuan Simmons of Help Scout

For our third collaboration, Edify CEO sits with Engineering Coach Anjuan Simmons of Help Scout to talk about engineering philosophy and how engineering things are run.

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Code Story PODCAST: Kristen Buchanan from Tech Consultant to Tech Founder

Edify CEO Kristen Buchanan shares how a mentor challenged her to turn her tech consultancy into a software solution!

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Angelneers PODCAST: The Frictionless Way to Onboard Software Engineers

Edify CEO discusses the frictionless way to onboard software engineers on the latest Angelneers podcast episode!

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B++ PODCAST: Building High-Performing Engineering Teams

Software engineering teams are some of the most significant teams inside an organization. Building engineering teams is crucial because they bring great value to any business.

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Edify Collabs: Great Minds Think Alike II - An Interview with Kaleem Clarkson of Blend Me, Inc

In this second collaboration article, Edify CEO talks with Blend Me Inc Co-Founder on consulting with fully remote or fully distributed teams.

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DIGIDAY: Edify and Other Tech Providers Rush to Meet Needs of Hybrid Workspaces

That means growing popularity for platforms that allow teams to co-work, collaborate, and see each other on regular basis apart from video conferencing tools.

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Edify Collabs: Great Minds Think Alike - Why Functional Onboarding Matters When Working with Recruiters

In this first-of-our-series collaboration post, Edify and TeamUP Staffing discuss why functional onboarding matters when working with HR and recruiters.

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Build Equity in Engineering Onboarding

Onboarding is more than just checkboxes and paperwork for your new developers. With so much of the focus placed on practical knowledge, managers can overlook the intangibles important to the onboarding process – such as equity, work culture, and inclusivity. 

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New Hires Come and Go, But They Don’t Have To

The technical sector has the highest turnover rates. That’s a fact.

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Developer Onboarding Is Like An Escape Room

Poorly designed escape rooms are similar to bad onboarding experiences. Missing information, confusing language, or unclear goals can leave negative experiences - all of these contribute to a high turnover rate of skilled software engineers.

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Joining Learning Science & AI

At Edify, we believe that technical solutions and AI can be integrated into the learning experience at all levels. While eddy is designed to elevate and enhance the experience of human-to-human interactive learning, we also know that we can leverage the unique strengths and attributes of an AI solution to build a more robust learning experience for our customers.

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Designing With and For Customers

Problems are not static, so we are constantly looking for ways to get feedback from our customers, both on the features they are using today, and those we are prototyping to build. We are focusing our user research on the areas where building new products are risky.

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Edify Raises $2M in Initial Pre-Seed Funding Round

The engineering onboarding software company looks toward rapid growth.

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Edify Joins the 2021 Techstars Seattle Class

The engineering onboarding software company increases developer productivity by improving the new hire experience.

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How Does Edify Help Onboard New Software Engineers?

Engineering and technical teams aren’t for corporate matters. So when a new software engineer is being passed on from HR, team leaders tend to take full responsibility for making sure a new hire becomes a contributing member as soon as possible - and it’s not easy.

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Get To Know Edify: The Leading Onboarding Tool for Engineering and Technical Teams

Eddy can keep your team focused while new hires onboard with quality and the assurance that they aren’t tossed in the wild and left behind.

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How to Set Goals for Your Technical New Hires

In any tech onboarding program, the general consensus is that new technical employees should be fully operational and independent within the first 90 days of their employment. But for most developers, this crucial 90 day checkpoint simply isn't reached. We break down how companies can set 30, 60, and 90 day goals to get technical new hires up to speed in less time.

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When Can You Trust a New Hire?

One thing that metrics and onboarding systems don’t always address is trust. Specifically, at what point can a manager trust their new hire to own their new role?

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The Four Pillars of Technical Onboarding

Our team defined four essential pillars of any successful onboarding program. Does your onboarding program incorporate all four?

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Corporate vs. Technical Onboarding

We've seen through experience that cookie cutter corporate onboarding programs aren't enough to support new software engineers and help technical teams thrive. Our three layer cake model easily outlines the essential parts of any technical onboarding program.

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What is Onboarding?

If you’re a startup tech company, or are looking to overhaul your onboarding system, it’s important to start with the foundations of good onboarding. Specifically, understand the difference between technical onboarding and orientation.

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Is Onboarding HR's Responsibility?

Rather than spending so much energy wanting HR to get onboard or get out of the way, we think it’s time to take a different approach.

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Remote Onboarding Essentials: The Three C’s

While some companies are resuming in-person work, many tech teams are still operating from their independent home work spaces. The adjustment to remote work has left many managers disconnected from their teams.

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How to Shed Light on Your Onboarding Blind Spots

When it comes to onboarding, "blind spots" are inefficiencies within the program that slip through the cracks.

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Engineering Onboarding: How It’s Different and Why You Need It

To retain top-notch people and enable their best work, you need more than traditional company onboarding. A smooth transition from hire date to the one year mark requires a framework and process that communicates exactly what the employee needs to know, when they need to know it, in a way that will create a lasting impression.

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Why Have an Engineering Philosophy?

Whether it's friction between team members, high turnover, or questionable behavior from a team member – even one who is a high performer – team obstacles are inevitable. A defined engineering philosophy can help teams navigate these obstacles and find the best path forward.

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Things Not To Do in Engineering Onboarding

Onboarding mistakes happen. I’ve seen them with many of my clients, and I’ve made some myself!So, as I look back on the year, I’d like to share some examples of what the Edify team and I call “onboarding bloopers.”

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What is Good Onboarding?

I’ve seen through experience how thoughtful, strategic onboarding helps companies retain employees and reach new levels of success.

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What Can Higher Ed Teach Us About Onboarding?

It’s no secret that my company Edify is all about onboarding, and our team was recently reminded of how much proper onboarding can lead to employee success.

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Onboarding & Equity

New hire onboarding offers a unique window to address questions of equity head-on. Each time a company hires an employee, they have the opportunity to ensure the onboarding process is inclusive and equitable.

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The Cost of Not Onboarding

The cost of an employee doesn’t just include that worker’s salary. It’s a combination of the salary paid, the money and time invested to train that employee, and the cost of replacing them when they eventually leave the position.

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Keep What You Sow: Retaining Tech Talent

When it comes to bringing high-quality talent to the team, there’s one question that should be at the top of any director’s list: How exactly do organizations encourage their technical talent employees to stay for the long term?

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Fixing the Leaky Pipe in Onboarding

There’s really no way of getting around it; bringing on a new employee reduces the productivity of the team overall for a period of time.

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How to Onboard Yourself When Your Company Won't

When you can’t rely on your company to set you up for success, how can you ensure you have what you need to thrive in your role?

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Making Onboarding Easier for Managers

So often we see managers struggling with the holding pattern that comes with hiring. Even the best of managers can be left scrambling to collect onboarding materials at the last second, potentially missing important details along the way.

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How Many Emails Do You Really Need for Effective Onboarding?

Email struggles apply to just about every realm in the working world, but they have an important impact on the workflow for the onboarding process.

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What Does a Buddy Do, Anyway?

Most companies assign a buddy to every new hire on the team. But how that buddy is trained, supported, and empowered is essential to their effectiveness in helping the new hire. Learn all about what buddies should focus on here.

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How to Navigate Remote Onboarding for Engineers

Long before the Coronavirus outbreak, our team already noticed a trend: more and more companies were becoming more comfortable with remote team members.

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The Crucial Difference Between Training and Teaching

When we focus on Learning and Development in employees, it can be easy to view the process as "training" rather than "teaching". But in reality we don't really train employees, because we need them to develop their skills over time.

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