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Amelia Vieira Rosado 🐣✨

First of all, great post and awesome tips! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

The company should make sure that the buddy has volunteered to do their part and has allocated time for the newbie.

Totally agree! Telling the buddy they have a newbie to guide at the last minute is formula for disaster. Some people don't like surprises (rightfully so πŸ˜…), so always ask for volunteers upfront.

Nothing says "Welcome to the Family" more than a company hoody (well, that's my opinion).

Hehe, agreed! Hoodies for the win! 😜

Should your company step up with its onboarding process or has it already reached the next level?

If I may say this on a public forum....yes, they should. I really appreciate their efforts and how welcoming they all were, but some extra preparations will surely not hurt. I must admit that being part of a small team (6 devs, myself included), does not make it easy to have a designated buddy for newcomers. Most of my teammates got their hands too full to be babysitting me or any newbies, haha.

Any additional tips you'd give to small teams for onboarding newbies? I'd love to hear from you.

Thanks for sharing, I found this blog quite insightful! 😊

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Tiina Author

Thanks for commenting ☺️ Indeed, onboarding needs depend on the size of the team, the size of the company and the nature of the business (consultancy vs. product company).

I think people are hesitant to put time and effort to the onboarding because there are always fires to put out and deadlines to meet. But it can pay off long term when the newbie has lower stress levels (boosts learning) and gets faster to the coding mode (at least I learn better with hands-on tasks and seeing things in visual form).

To ease out the onboarding process, the company where I worked had an onboarding Trello board. There was a card with my name on it and it included onboarding steps divided for certain days & weeks that I could do on my own and/or with a buddy. If you need the newbie to be more self-reliant, you still need to show where to find information, from whom to ask help, and what is expected from them - the Trello board could help with this πŸ™‚

I read that Spotify has an onboarding step where they ask for the newbie to create a fun app on their own with the tools and frameworks they have. So preparing easy tasks for the beginning and documenting those steps can save time and effort (long term) plus the newbies gets their hands on the code.

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Amelia Vieira Rosado 🐣✨

I think people are hesitant to put time and effort to the onboarding because there are always fires to put out and deadlines to meet.

I believe that plays a role too. And as you mentioned, onboarding the newbie accordingly may help the team get a grip of the chaos better, together and much sooner.

To ease out the onboarding process, the company where I worked had an onboarding Trello board.

If I remember correctly, in my case it was an email. At some point down the first week I had little to do. I spent the week getting acquainted with tools they use and the like. Being more hands on would have been more fun πŸ˜…

I read that Spotify has an onboarding step where they ask for the newbie to create a fun app on their own with the tools and frameworks they have.

That's absolutely genius! I love the idea!

Thanks so much for getting back at my comment, by the way! πŸ™‡πŸ»β€β™€οΈ