Technical Whitepaper

Skills Strategy Plan

V1.0 last revision: 4/10/2018



This document provides an explanation of a Pluralsight Skills Strategy Plan, the benefits it can provide, and when/why one would be used, as well as the process of creating one from start to finish.

What is a Skills Strategy Plan (SSP)?

A Skills Strategy Plan is an implementation service that assists organizations in identifying and aligning skills to technical business objectives, aligning the Pluralsight platform to those identified skills, and providing best practices for successful implementation.

A Skills Strategy Plan consists of three major components or deliverables:

  • Skills Matrix
  • Learning Matrices
  • Strategy Guide

Skills Matrix

A Skills Matrix is a visualization of relevant skills, aligned to technical business objectives.

We work with your organization’s subject matter experts (SMEs) to identify and align the underlying skills you need to accomplish your goals.


Learning Matrices

Once skills have been identified and organized, the next step is to identify the most relevant Pluralsight training for those skills. Using decades of experience, our Professional Services team provides recommendations in the form of learning matrices. Channel recommendations may be included as part of these recommendations. Once reviewed by your team, these channels can be directly inserted into a leader’s Pluralsight account, to be distributed to learners.


Channels allow an organization to more easily align learning to key business objectives. With channels you can create a customized learning track with Courses, Modules, Paths, and even links to content external to Pluralsight. Channels can be shared out and followed by learners, and can provide usage analytics to track progress.

Strategy Guide

This executive/strategy summary describes the findings from the discovery phase (see below),  and provides specific, customized best practice recommendations designed to help you make the most out of your Skills Strategy.


The When and Why?

A Skills Strategy Plan allows an organization to proactively drive results by identifying the inventory of skills required to achieve business objectives. Our experts assists you in identifying and filling skills gaps by highlighting specific learning needs and curated content mappings. Curating content helps learners and technology leaders focus on the most relevant content for their business objectives from our library of over thousands of courses.

You can maximize the ROI of Pluralsight through additional guidance from the Strategy Guide, which helps improve adoption of Pluralsight as a skill development tool. Curated skills planning along with best practices on using the Pluralsight platform helps create and enhance a culture of continuous improvement for your organization’s skill development program.

Process / Schedule:

Step 1 - Discovery

  • Initial discovery session(s) via conference call with your Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and leaders, where we will identify:
    • Organizational structure and composition of learners
    • Learning and business objectives
    • Existing and future technology stacks / plans

Step 2 – Initial Draft

  • Skills Strategy will deliver an initial draft of the Learning Matrix and Skills Strategy Plan usually within 10 business days of commencement of work and acceptance of proposal. The 10 days to deliver may change depending on the scope of the project.

Step 3 – Iteration & Curation

  • Skills Strategy will work with the your SMEs via offline email communication and/or additional follow up meetings (depending on preference) to identify any gaps in the Matrices and to curate the specific training recommendations.
  • This step lasts until both groups are satisfied with the Matrix and the Summary, but is usually a very quick turnaround (around 3-4 days).

Step 4 - Creation of Channels

  • Channels can then be created based on the Matrix or Matrices provided.  If desired/upon request, Skills Strategy can seed the initial Channels on your behalf into a Pluralsight account of your choice so you can distribute to your team members.Step 5 - Completion

Step 5 - Completion

  • Skills Strategy will provide the finalized Skills Matrix and Learning Matrices, along with the customized Strategy Guide.

Next Steps

Now that you know what a Skills Strategy Plan is, feel free to talk with us about engaging our Skills Strategy team here, or contact your CSM/Account Executive.

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