Your technology organization needs a mentoring program!
The key is to keep the business goals for the program at the forefront. When mentoring and learning become vital, expected parts of work, and when you measure results, you're on your way to success.
I'll show you how I started and nurtured a technology mentoring program at SJV Data Solutions. Participants included software developers, managers, and product professionals. In under a year, this program improved products and advanced careers. The positive effect on the bottom line was unmistakable. The program's benefits far exceeded expectations. Plus, a well-designed mentoring program scales; most weeks, I spent under two hours running the program.
On a personal level, conducting this mentoring program is the most rewarding thing I have done in my technology career. I can't wait to share these ideas with you!
Andrew Brobston is a principal software engineer at Hobsons, developing software to help academic institutions advise their students for success. Previously, he was a lead full-stack software developer at SJV Data Solutions, an Atlanta-area company specializing in background checks. Before SJV, he was a full-stack developer with Stack Overflow.