Skills + Flow: The new standard for developing and scaling tech teams

By Aaron Skonnard    |    August 28, 2019

We always talk about how fast technology is changing. It’s time to recognize the way we work, build products and lead our teams is changing too. 

For the first time, CIOs and CTOs are accountable for not just cost savings and efficiencies, but also for product delivery, profitability and revenue-generating innovations. Technology leaders today can't just hit metrics. They have to drive outcomes. 

It’s why your technology strategy has to be your business strategy, which makes you the most important business strategist and change agent for your organization.  

How do you succeed in this new role? Your technology strategy needs to be tied to a technology skill development strategy that empowers teams with the right skills to solve your most-pressing business challenges. It’s the only way to power new business models and innovate. 

That's why it's more important than ever to invest in and champion your teams. As a leader, it’s your job to provide them with the collaboration tools, coaching and skills they need to succeed.

It starts with Skills

Technology skill development is the only way to organize and empower your teams to tackle whatever comes next. How you build and use technology skills will be your biggest competitive advantage and driver of business outcomes. 

And we’ve always been here to support you in that mission. We’ve built our technology skills platform with experiences designed to help you lead your team toward your objectives and move faster. This is our bread and butter, core to the Pluralsight experience, and why we’ve decided to rename our core product: Pluralsight Skills. 

With Skills, we’re committed to having the most comprehensive skills coverage in the topics and roles our customers need today, and in the future. That means supplying all the right content to support the skills your teams need to reach your goals, including more depth and breadth of courses, more interactive courses and more skill assessments. 

We also recognize that skills are not the whole story—that the way you lead your team through skill development, problem-solving and product delivery is equally critical to your organization’s success.  

That’s why we acquired GitPrime, which we’re now bringing into the Pluralsight product family as Pluralsight Flow.

Introducing Flow: A better way to lead

Flow is an engineering analytics product that automatically aggregates data from across the engineer’s workflow—git repos, ticketing systems, pull requests—and packages them into easy-to-understand reports. These reports provide unprecedented visibility into your team’s software development workflow.

Flow gives you a detailed view of team and individual work patterns, so you can identify coaching opportunities, adjust processes with confidence and advocate for your team’s success with data instead of gut feelings.

We see an incredible future for Skills and Flow combined, beginning with the first step of our integration of these two products: a new language analytics capability.

Connecting skill development with code commits

Starting today, you’ll see a data visualization within your leader dashboard that connects code commits and course view time. With language analytics, you can connect a git repo to Pluralsight Skills and see how code commits compare to the amount of time your teams are learning about specific languages.

Now you can ensure your team’s skill development is aligned with current and future dev projects.

Vision for the future

We see a future that isn’t just about creating a culture of learning, it’s about overhauling technology leadership as we know it. Your organization’s path to success relies on building skilled teams, continuously upskilling them to meet changing demands, and leveraging data to improve workflow and delivery. 

With the combination of Pluralsight Skills and Flow, you now have the tools you need to lead your team through the demands of the digital era. It’s the new standard for developing, coaching and scaling technology teams. And we can’t wait to see what you do with it.

Discover more about Pluralsight Flow.

About the author

Aaron Skonnard is the CEO of Pluralsight (NASDAQ: PS), a fast-growing enterprise technology learning platform. Aaron cofounded Pluralsight in 2004 and has since grown the company to more than 1,000 employees and 1,500 expert authors. As CEO, Aaron focuses on business strategy, future direction, product development and strategic partnerships. On a day-to-day basis, he works closely with the entire executive team in different capacities, including recruiting, brand management, marketing, sales, feature planning and content acquisition.