How to succeed with embedded mentoring?
Many factors will determine the success of a mentorship collaboration. Here are our suggestions to get the most of this collaboration:
1. Know why you are hiring a mentor. When hiring a mentor, you are willing to let go of the blockers that stagnate certain work areas in your business. You should have an open mindset to allow for changes.
2. Include your team in the process. A good synergy between the mentor and the team is crucial for a rich mentoring process. Ask the team what they need instead of telling them what you think they need. Involving your developers in choosing a mentor will increase the chances of the cooperation's success.
3. Hire a developer mentor that shares your values and mission. Assess what kind of developer you’re looking for, starting from your organizational structure. Is your company more corporate or modern, hierarchical or flat? What’s your company size? All these elements matter when choosing the right mentor for your team.
4. Make the mentor a member of your team, just as everyone else. The faster you introduce the external to a team, the more engagement, productivity, and higher retention you’ll see from your workforce.
5. Define the role of the mentor. Will the mentor be part of the team as any senior developer? What is the expected allocation of his/her/their resources? Half coding, half mentoring? Half coding, 25 percent mentoring, 25 percent consulting? This should be agreed upon beforehand. Mentoring isn’t just a by-product of working together. It needs to be planned.