published on 4 April 2017

Leaders are frequently challenged to align employee professional development with strategic company goals. What's often missing is a plan to help employees continually learn, grow and improve. A plan can increase employee engagement, reduce attrition and fuel business success.

There are three key elements to consider in developing your learning roadmap: onboarding, a personalized learning plan, and the presence of external learning communities.

Onboarding

First of all, you should make sure your employees understand how their jobs relate to the business. Onboarding should include training, tools and post-learning assessment to gauge how much of the content is understood and retained, and to identify areas that may require extra attention.

Puppet offers customers a variety of training options — both in-person and live virtual training — to help you or your team get up and running with Puppet.

For instance, start out with Puppetizing Infrastructure. You’ll learn the essential concepts of the Puppet ecosystem required to describe and manage your existing Puppet infrastructure, using publicly available Puppet modules.

Or maybe you plan to install and configure Puppet yourself, and write your own Puppet modules. In that case, check out Puppet Fundamentals, where you learn best practices to install Puppet, write simple classes, and update and extend existing modules.

Personalized learning plan

Creating a personalized learning plan for each employee is critical for long-term success, improved morale, and lower turnover. It gives employees the right foundation for growth, helping them gain new skills and confidence while moving to the next level in their profession. At Puppet, we offer learning roadmaps to help our customers easily identify the courses they need to take to maximize their Puppet skill. You just answer three questions, and based on your self-identified characteristics, we provide you with a comprehensive list of courses, in the order in which you should take them.

Once a roadmap is created, you can click through to learn more about each course. You can even print out a personalized learning roadmap to reference as you continue to build your skills.

External learning communities

The value of an external learning community is often overlooked. Teach your employees to network. There are many great networking channels available to help jumpstart or reignite employee growth and excitement. At Puppet we have a supportive, active community of thousands of people who actively help each other and work to make Puppet better — and make IT a better field to work in.

You can get involved in the Puppet community by connecting at events, getting or giving help in any of our many channels, sharing modules on the Forge, and many other ways. However you decide to jump in, we know you’ll learn a lot and enjoy meeting smart, friendly people.

Here are some ways you can learn and get involved:

  • Slack - Join a supportive community of Puppet users discussing their experiences, getting and receiving help, and connecting with each other.
  • Puppet User Groups (PUGs) - Connect with Puppet users near you.
  • IRC - Chat with Puppet employees and community members in #puppet or #puppet-dev on IRC.
  • Google Group - Search for answers, start or join a discussion in our Google group mailing lists:
  • Q&A - Get help from experienced users and employees on our Q&A site.
  • Forge - With thousands of modules available for download, it’s quite possible someone’s already created one that can help you. Done something cool with Puppet? Publish your module on the Forge.

Ready to see the benefits of creating learning roadmaps?

Creating a learning roadmap can help boost individual performance, increase employee satisfaction and productivity, improve morale and loyalty — and reduce employee turnover. On top of that, when your team has a defined path to become more proficient in Puppet, your organization gets faster time to value. You will:

  • Increase your company’s ability to adopt new technologies.
  • Build a more efficient, effective and highly motivated team.
  • Enhance your company’s competitive position.

Stephanie Stouck is a senior services marketing manager at Puppet.

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