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Acquiring DevelopIntelligence and launching new experiences to help you build better

October 14, 2020

As the future of work continues to transform and evolve at an ever rapid pace, so do the needs of tech teams and decision-makers at companies worldwide. To give tech organizations a more effective way to develop their workforce and deliver in the face of these challenges, we’re constantly expanding our product offerings. 

To that end, we’re thrilled to announce we’ve acquired DevelopIntelligence, a leading provider in strategic skills consulting and virtual, instructor-led training programs. For companies undergoing significant transformation, blending on-demand skill development with hyper-focused virtual learning programs is the quickest way to upskill teams around those initiatives. 

We now offer all the solutions you need to accelerate learning outcomes. We’re meeting you where you are, providing you with skill development programs that have the content your teams uniquely need, in the delivery formats that best suit your objectives.  

This acquisition, coupled with the new experiences on Pluralsight Skills, means we’re your all-in-one platform for tech skills.

New to Pluralsight Skills

On top of thousands of expert-led video courses on cloud, mobile, AI/ML, security and more, our Skills platform includes hundreds of Skill IQs to objectively measure tech skills, dozens of Role IQs to help quantify proficiency in modern tech roles, and 100+ certification paths for cloud, Agile, security and IT.  

Our Skills product teams ship improvements on a regular basis, like enhancements to search and browse that make it easier to discover the content you need, the ability to schedule weekly learning goals to develop positive learning behavior, and badges that celebrate skill development milestones. We’ve improved certification coverage within our Skills product, and now offer workshops, which are custom skill development programs designed to empower teams to reach objectives faster. 

And, we just launched two experiences to make upskilling even more effective.

Introducing: Cloud labs

Digital learning requires three things: high quality, relevant content, assessment capabilities to provide a digital feedback loop, and hands-on learning experiences to practice and apply new skills. This year, we’re doubling down on the last one by expanding our hands-on offerings with cloud labs. 

Cloud labs offer step-by-step practice in real cloud environments. We’ve already built more than 100 labs for AWS and Azure, and we offer 400+ self-paced Google Cloud labs, powered by Qwiklabs. 

Our labs—combined with more than 7,000 cloud-adjacent courses, skill assessments and analytics—provide tech leaders with an unparalleled, end-to-end skill development solution. 

This means you no longer have to work with and connect multiple vendors for building cloud skills. Pluralsight is building everything you need to execute your multi or hybrid-cloud strategy--across all your cloud and cloud adjacent roles. Check it out.

Introducing: Priorities

Alignment between business objectives and skill development is key, but easier said than done—until now. 

No more guessing what skills you need and what it will take to get your team up to speed. With our new priorities experience, you can visually connect the dots between the skills you have today, the skills you need, and the progress your teams are making, all in one place. 

In priorities, you’ll find curated templates populated with content and skill assessments aligned to some of the most common technology projects. For example, if your business priority is migrating from on-prem to a hybrid cloud environment, you’d have access to content and skill assessments around cloud fundamentals, cloud architectures, cloud infrastructure, and so on. These templates ensure you don’t waste time building a skill development plan from scratch and your team can get started faster. 

And, as your team learns, you can use skill assessments to see progress in proficiency levels over time, ensuring your team is ready for the project. You can also see how long it’s taking teams to skill up, enabling you to make a data-informed plan for your next project. So, looking back at the hybrid cloud priority example, you could discover that your teams skilled up in cloud fundamentals in 45 days but still needed to improve their cloud architecture skills—so you could plan for 45 days of upskilling and ensure the right skills are in place to hit your delivery dates. 

In short, priorities enable leaders to communicate key initiatives across teams and execute on those initiatives faster.

New to Pluralsight Flow

It's a data-driven world. And too many engineering teams are left with disparate data that they’re piecing together with gut feel and anecdotes. Pluralsight Flow, our engineering analytics platform, unlocks visibility into how teams work.

To give teams more actionable data, Flow now gives you visibility into what’s happening within your user stories, tasks, and bugs, so you can better understand how your team is working and identify lasting improvements to your workflow.

Introducing: The delivery module

Excessive questions, task switching and the need to reassign or push back tickets break your workflow and keeps your engineering team from doing what they do best—delivering value to your customers. 

Pluralsight Flow already delivers insights from code commit and pull request data. With the launch of the delivery module, we’re now fully integrated with Jira to give your teams insight into their workflow. And unlike Jira burndown or control charts that measure overall progress to plan, Flow offers insight into the human interactions behind the work.

The delivery module includes two new reports: ticket log and the retrospective report.  

Ticket log provides analytics into the current status of tickets with these key metrics: cycle time, backflow rate, queue time, heat and jitter. With the ticket log, see where your team is concentrating their time and quickly spot tickets with high activity (like excessive conversations between your engineering team, UX designers and product managers) that pull teams away from engineering work. 

The retrospective report is exactly what it sounds like. The next time you schedule that retro, you can use objective data instead of suffering through subjective debate and recency bias. The report includes trended ticket log metrics from the last seven work cycles, a list of tickets that were most likely to cause delays for your team, and a breakdown of the types of tickets. Maybe the team spent an inordinate amount of time on a bug instead of working on that new feature. Now you can see where time was spent and make data-informed decisions on how to improve the next sprint.

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