Technical Whitepaper

Skills Strategy Plan

V2.0 last revision: 2/14/2020



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 those identified skills to resources on the Pluralsight platform, and providing best practices for utilizing those resources to achieve technical business objectives.

During the Skills Strategy engagement, our experts assist you in identifying and filling skills gaps by highlighting specific learning needs through curated content mappings. Curating content helps learners and technology leaders focus on the most relevant content for their business objectives from our library of thousands of courses.

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

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

  • Skills and Content Matrices

  • Skills 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. The Skills Matrix may be separate or integrated into the Content Matrix providing a holistic view of how your business and learning objectives tie to actionable skills development pathways for your learners.

Skills Matrix

Content Matrix

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 Content Matrices.

Content Matrix

Skills Strategy Guide

The Skills Strategy Guide describes the findings from the discovery phase and provides specific, customized best practice recommendations designed to help you make the most out of your Skills Strategy Plan.

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

 - Business and associated learning objectives

 - Existing and future technology stacks / plans

Step 2 - Initial Draft

Skills Strategy Consultants will deliver an initial draft of the Content Matrices. These drafts will be linked directly to content on the Pluralsight platform and organized in a proposed Channel structure to facilitate a quick and easy Iteration process.

Step 3 - Iteration & Curation

Skills Strategy Consultants will work with your SMEs to identify any gaps in the Matrices and to further curate specific content recommendations. This step lasts until both groups are satisfied with the Matrix, and is usually a very quick turnaround.

Step 4 - Channel Creation

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 user account of your choice so you can distribute to your 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, Paths, Interactive Courses, Projects, and even links to content external to Pluralsight. Channels can be shared out and joined by learners, and can provide usage analytics to track progress toward objectives.

Step 5 - Completion

Skills Strategy will provide the finalized Skills Matrix and Content Matrices, along with the customized Skills Strategy Guide including recommended best practices to maximize your investment in the Pluralsight platform.

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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