Developer onboarding and maximising productivity

Integrating a new software developer into your team can be an exciting time for everyone involved. It’s an opportunity to bring fresh perspectives and new skills to your team, and to help the new developer feel welcome and valued. However, it can also be a challenging process, especially if you’re not sure how to best support the new team member.

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When you search online for tips and tricks for a successful developer onboarding, there is a lot same content that has no value. This is why we have prepared a list of proven tips for developer onboarding done properly that we have been polishing, updating and using for years:

  1. Provide a thorough onboarding process. Onboarding is critical for helping new team members feel comfortable and confident in their new role. This should include introductions to the team, a review of the company’s mission and goals, and a detailed explanation of the team’s processes and procedures. Make sure to provide the new developer with any relevant documentation and resources, and give them time to ask questions and get to know their new colleagues.
  2. Assign a mentor. A mentor can be a valuable resource for a new developer, providing guidance and support as they learn the ropes. Ideally, the mentor should be someone who is experienced with the technologies and processes used by the team, and who can provide insights and advice on how to succeed in the role. The mentor should be available to answer questions and provide feedback, and should be a supportive and positive influence on the new team member.
  3. Set clear expectations. It’s important to communicate clearly with the new developer about what is expected of them in their new role. This should include information about their responsibilities, goals, and performance targets. Make sure to provide regular feedback and support to help the new developer meet these expectations, and be prepared to offer additional training or resources if needed.
  4. Encourage collaboration. Software development is a team sport, and it’s important to create an environment that encourages collaboration and teamwork. This means fostering open communication, actively seeking out diverse viewpoints and cross team collaboration. The better embedded into the team the developer feels, likely the more they will contribute in discussions and the easier developer onboarding process will be.
  5. Don’t push too hard too early. Especially in software development it can take a while until the person knows the codebase, the surroundings, the processes etc. Take it slow when adding bigger tasks and tighter deadlines since it can become very stressful and lead to unnecessary mistakes early on. Having a developer land into their position more comfortably will pay off in the long run. 

Helping a new software developer become part of the team is a task that should not be taken lightly and needs a lot of attention. Have a proper developer onboarding process, assign a great mentor, set clear expectations, encourage collaboration in all sorts and forms and remember to not push too hard early on and you should be well set for a great new addition to the team. And obviously, don’t forget to have a one-on-one meeting with an employee as often as you think it is necessary. By working with Holycode our HR team will support you to make sure your team is fully ready to push forward. Keep on building!

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