Technical Whitepaper

Technology Strategy Plan

V1.0 last revision: 1/11/2018

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Introduction

This document provides an explanation of a Pluralsight Technology 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 Technology Strategy Plan (TSP)?

A TSP is an analysis of your current technology learning needs, and an alignment of Pluralsight content to those needs coupled with best practice recommendations.

Included with each TSP are multiple deliverables including one or more comprehensive Learning Matrices built by our Content Services team.

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More information on what a Learning Matrix is can be found here.

Channel recommendations may be included as part of the Learning Matrix. If approved, these channels can be directly inserted into a leader’s Pluralsight account, to be distributed to learners.

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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.

Also included is a Technology Strategy Summary. This Executive/Strategy Summary describes the the findings from the discovery phase (more below), as well as recommendations and best practices to maximize learning and adoption. 

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The When and Why?

A Technology Strategy Plan allows an organization to proactively drive results through identifying company specific learning needs and curated content planning. Curating content helps learners and technology leaders focus on the most relevant content for their business objectives from our library of over 6600 courses.

In addition to our Content Services team aiding in identifying and filling skills gaps, having additional guidance on a learning strategy helps improve adoption/usage of Pluralsight as a learning tool, which will increase the ROI. Curated content planning along with best practices on using the Pluralsight platform also helps create/enhance a culture of learning within an organization, which enables continuous improvement.


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
  • This step is also when an initial “scope” is discussed which indicates an estimated timetable for expected delivery and hours of work (cost).

Step 2 – Initial Draft

  • Content Services will deliver an initial draft of the Learning Matrix and Technology 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

  • Content Services will work with the your Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) via offline email communication and or additional follow up meetings (depending on preference) to identify any gaps in the Matrix / Strategy Summary, and to curate the specific course 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, Content Services can seed the initial Channels on your behalf into a Pluralsight account of your choice, to be distributed to team members.

Step 5 - Completion

  • Content Services will provide a brief Completion Summary Document, to signify completion of the TSP.

Next Steps

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


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