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Why Vectorly is better than Progression as a talent management system for tech teams

Vectorly is a talent management system built for Engineering managers and their developers

57
%

of developers quit in the 1st year facing bad management or lack of career growth.

90
%

of Engineering manager’s responsibilities include people management.

85
%

of managers have ZERO engineering management skills

Why Engineering managers are better people managers for developers than HRs

HR Manager vs Engineering Manager

People

Hiring and Interview developer

HR Manager

HR manager can do the initial screening of candidates to see culture fit and experienced tech recruiters can qualify the initial skill fit.

Engineering Manager

Engineering manager defines the required skill set, interviews, and finally hires a developer.

People
Coding

Onboarding developer

HR Manager

HR manager onboards developers to the company's wide processes and procedures.

Engineering Manager

Engineering manager onboards developer to a role, team and product.

People
Coding

Problems with developer productivity

HR Manager

HR manager doesn’t understand work of developers, so she/he can't notice problems with developer productivity until a performance review.

Engineering Manager

Engineering manager is a developer. She/he can notice when other developers are not productive.

People
Coding

Improve developer productivity

HR Manager

HR manager can’t continuously improve productivity of developers, because she/he doesn’t understand real work and the reason of productivity, such as legacy code, lack of skills, etc.

Engineering Manager

Engineering manager can identify problems that are caused by working experience of developers, such as the lack of skills needed for career progression, work with legacy code, lack of mentorship, etc.

People
Coding

Problems with developer motivation

HR Manager

HR manager can identify problems with motivation that are not caused by working experience of developers, such as personal problems, conflicts at work, salary, etc.

Engineering Manager

Engineering manager can identify problems that are caused by working experience of developers, such as the lack of skills needed for career progression, work with legacy code, lack of mentorship, etc.

People

Improve developer motivation

HR Manager

HR manager can help with motivation problems caused by personal problems, conflicts at work, salary, etc.

Engineering Manager

Engineering manager can help with motivation problems caused by the lack of skills needed for career progression, work with legacy code, lack of mentorship, etc.

People

Problems with developer's hard skills

HR Manager

HR manager can notice a lack of hard skills based on a skill review performed by developers.

Engineering Manager

Engineering manager can notice a lack of hard skills based on weekly interaction with developers and intervene faster to mentor them.

People

Problems with developer's soft skills

HR Manager

HR manager can notice a lack of soft skills based on one-to-ones with developers, however HR manager lacks context of a developer's day-to-day routine.

Engineering Manager

Engineering manager can notice a lack of soft skills based on one-to-ones with developers, and is involved into context of a developer's day-to-day routine.

People

Train and Improve skills of developers

HR Manager

HR manager can provide general training on the company's culture or soft skills improvement.

Engineering Manager

Engineering manager can provide developers with personal mentorship based on skill gaps, working tasks, and desired career promotion.

People

Career progressions and promotions of developers

HR Manager

HR manager can notice problems with promotion based on feedback from developers or a performance review, however HR manager lacks context about skills and projects of developers.

Engineering Manager

Engineering manager can notice problems with promotion based on weekly interaction with developers and intervene faster to mentor developers for the promotion.

How Vectorly's solutions are different from Progression's

Vectorly vs Progression

Tool Category

Vectorly

EngOps Tool

Progression

People Ops Tool

Career progression and promotions

Vectorly

Vectorly provides skill matrices with skills, levels, and career paths for 100+ developer, design, and product roles.

Progression

In PeopleOps tools like Progression, you have general career path templates for all roles. You have one engineering skill matrix, while in tech companies, you need separate ones for each tech stack.

Developer Mentorship

Vectorly

Vectorly connects the work of developers (in Jira and Git) with skills that they need to grow to get a promotion, so Engineering managers run mentor sessions and create a personal growth plan being aware of developers' work and the desired career progression level.

Progression

In PeopleOps tools, Developer Mentorship is not working for 2 reasons. First, it's not aligned with developers' real work in Jira and Git. Secondly, it's not connected to role-specific skill matrices like Python or Nodejs.

Developer productivity and motivation

Vectorly

Vectorly provides automatic insights about developer productivity, motivation and skill gaps, as well as gives recommendations on how to run one-to-ones and grow the skills of developers.

Progression

In PeopleOps tools, developer productivity is based on surveys and feedback that is created and managed by the HR team, while it's still an Engineering manager's job to interpret reasons and create personal growth plans to improve productivity.

Why Vectorly is more simple to implement comparing to Progression

Vectorly vs Progression

Tool Category

Vectorly

EngOps Tool

Progression

People Ops Tool

Career progression and promotions

Vectorly

Vectorly provides skill matrices with skills, levels and career paths for 100+ tech roles in English, Spanish, and Portuguese and rare skill matrices for niche roles like Solution Architect or 3D Artist.

Progression

PeopleOps tools like Progession provides skill matrices with skills, levels and career paths for many tech roles in English.

Developer Mentorship

Vectorly

In Vectorly, you can run skill reviews and identify skill gaps of your team members. But we also provide you with a knowledge base for each skill matrix that contains mentors, courses and more. You can also add you own learning materials and mentors for each career path level. Based on identified skill gaps, Vectorly provides content and mentors from the knowledge base as recommendations for each developer on how to grow skills.

Progression

In PeopleOps tools like Progression, you can run skill reviews and identify skill gaps of your team members.

Developer productivity and motivation

Vectorly

Vectorly provides automatic insights about developer productivity, motivation and skill gaps and gives recommendations on how to run one-to-ones and grow skills of developers, hence Engineering managers can automate Engineering management without sacrificing personalization.

Progression

In PeopleOps tools like Progression, developer productivity is based on surveys and feedback that is created and managed by the HR team, while it's still an Engineering manager's job to interpret reasons and create personal growth plans to improve productivity, hence Engineering managers still need a lot of time to do the management job almost manually, and highlight the problems with performance.

Vectorly vs Progression

Feature Comparison

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Features
Vectorly
Progression
1
Career progression and promotions
1.1
Skill matrix templates
Vectorly
Progression
1.2
Career paths
Vectorly
Progression
1.3
Customizable skill scale
Vectorly
Progression
1.4
Career position match calculation
Vectorly
Progression
1.5
Cross-cycle analytics
Vectorly
Progression
1.6
Internal hiring opportunity
Vectorly
Progression
-
1.7
Review automations
Vectorly
Progression
-
2
Developer Mentorship
2.1
Skill-based Knowledge Base
Vectorly
Progression
-
2.2
Skill gap report for individuals and teams
Vectorly
Progression
-
2.3
Personal Growth Plans based on skill gaps and career progression goals
Vectorly
Progression
-
2.4
Internal mentor recommendations for skill gaps
Vectorly
Progression
-
2.5
Knowledge base recommendations for skill gaps
Vectorly
Progression
-
2.6
Gitlab integration
Vectorly
Progression
-
2.7
Jira integration
Vectorly
Progression
-
2.8
Asana integration
Vectorly
Progression
-
3
Developer productivity and motivation
3.1
Competency-based feedback
Vectorly
Progression
-
3.2
Work-based productivity and motivation recommendations
Vectorly
Progression
-
3.3
1-to-1 meeting agenda recommendations based on working activity
Vectorly
Progression
-
3.4
Pulse & Engagement surveys
Vectorly
Progression
-
3.5
Individual, team & company OKRs
Vectorly
Progression
-
3.6
Activity feed
Vectorly
Progression
-
3.7
Dynamic progress calculation
Vectorly
Progression
-
3.8
Goal tree
Vectorly
Progression
-
3.9
Team meetings
Vectorly
Progression
-
4
Developer Mentorship
4.1
Multi-language support
Vectorly
Progression
-

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