How do you onboard new developers? Here is our problem:
We run an event twice a year where we ask people in the company to write some code for it. Most of them are NOT developers but more engineers so this isn’t their full time gig. Here are the challenges and what we’ve tried so far.
- This is a side project not their main job so they can’t invest a lot of time into it.
- We have an FAQ (granted it needs work) but no one read it.
- We have examples of the code in our Github but not many people referenced it.
- Developers are all over the world so time zones and language barriers can be a challenge. Makes it harder to do a lot of mentoring/shadowing.
The project is mostly CloudFormation templates that build some infrastructure, mostly EC2s some Service Catalog items and some Lambdas in there as well. Everything is checked into GitHub.
Any thoughts on things we could do? I thought about having them sign off that they read the FAQ or something. Open to ideas.