Progression changelog
Progression changelog
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Cycle 13 log: fixes and improvements

A momentous achievement: we have a mere one ticket left in the backlog this cycle 🙌 but what the heck did we get up to? Here's what…

 

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We’re trialling this cute onboarding checklist when new users sign up, to help them stay on track with building out their framework and inviting their team in.

 

Improvement

  

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We’ve revamped the invite form, making it easier to invite multiple people at once and making it clearer if you’re inviting as an admin or not.

A much-request improvement: when you type a lot of text into a text field, we now expand the field’s length as you type - so don’t hold back on that epic piece of feedback.

Actions and Feedback have been retired from the main navigation - they now live in the Feed!

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Feedback can now be given to anyone as well as requested from the capture box - no need to hunt out their profile page any more

The check-in form in the capture box has been tightened up a bit visually

A few more improvements to the check-in summary page: We make it clearer which is your own position when comparing, you can now tweak your focus skills from here, skipped skills are displayed more clearly, and we show a prettier avatar when the user doesn’t have a custom one.

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You can now edit and delete Notes from the Feed, which is handy if you were just playing around with it.

 

Fix

  

The skill drawer was closing itself when you entered a search term, which wasn’t ideal. It doesn't do that now.

Some users were unable to start a new check-in which is also not ideal, this is now resolved.

We weren’t always sending the right notification when a check-in was run with a non-manager or non-own-position – these now fire as expected.

Easier, flexible, actionable Check-ins

 

Improvement

  

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We've shipped several improvements to our flagship feature, Check-ins, to make them feel easier, more powerful and more actionable. Here's what's new:

Focused and evidence-backed

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Check-ins can be given an optional title and description when initiated, to set a specific topic for discussion from the get go.

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As you fill in your Check-in, you can now open a side drawer to see a feed of all the updates added in Progression tagged to the skill: your Wins, Actions, Feedback and Notes are on all hand to help evidence your growth.

More actionable

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We've refreshed the summary you see after completing a Check-in: it's easier to see the outcomes and what changed skill by skill since last time.

It’s easier to add summary notes, Actions and Focus Skills during and after a Check-in, so nothing gets forgotten.

You can download the summary as a CSV or PDF as an exportable record of growth.

Easier to stay on track

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Each Check-in step is now logged in the Work Feed as it's completed, so you can jump back in and edit it, or get going on the next step.

If you have an open step with a report, we'll send reminder notifications so you remember to close it off.

If there's a change in line management, admins can now switch the Check-in assessor, so you don’t need to start from scratch.

Cycle 12 Log: fixes and improvements

We've got some bigger features to shout about soon, but in the meantime here's the latest bug fixes and small improvements.

 

Fix

  
  • Resolved some ‘unhappy path’ issues around invite permissions, position assignment, and signing up without an organisation
  • We now clear ‘Winners’ from the field after giving a Win, so you don’t accidentally give it twice
  • Fixed some logic inconsistencies in check-in notification emails where the wrong person was being referenced
  • Fixed numbering convention in positions, so it goes 1,2,3… 10,11 instead of 1,10,11,12,2.
  • Tightened up some UX/UI snags on frameworks
  • Wins given to yourself now show on your feed as expected
  • Fixed HTML rendering in some emails
  • Added validation when trying to set more than three focus skills
  • Skills can now be added from an empty new team framework
 

Improvement

  
  • Added clearer keys and titles to charts on the manager insights page
  • Data on manager insights page now shows for the rolling last 30 days, not from 1st of month
  • We now datestamp both completion and edited dates of Check-ins
  • We now don’t display discipline tags from library skills once you’ve cloned them, as they might not be relevant to you.

Cycle 11 Log: recently shipped

Just a quick one this time with some recent fixes, improvements and feature changes across the app. Enjoy!

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Fix

  
  • Fixed some snags with Check-in notification emails
  • Now able to make multiple copies of library skills
  • Modals now close when clicking outside them
  • Magic sign-in links are now not case sensitive
  • It's easier to scroll in input text fields
  • Fixed Add Win button on profiles pages
  • Fixed crashes on Check-in pages
 

Improvement

  
  • When you edit a user’s position, we now ask if it was a promotion - and celebrate this!
  • Added the Compare Positions chart to the Work Feed side bar
  • Nicer scrolling experience on frameworks
  • More useful ordering of skills in the skill library side drawer
  • Easier to modify skill requirement levels from frameworks
  • Improved UI on the Growth page

Get manager superpowers

 

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We've just shipped a fresh set of tools to help managers support the day to day work, achievements and skill development of their team members. With everything you need to help your team grow, it kind of makes being a great manager feel like magic.

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Visibility on the day to day progress your reports are making in Progression. Filter the Work Feed by your whole team or any individual to keep eyes on recent Wins, Feedback, Actions and Check-ins – so you can react and support.

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Targeted notifications via Slack and email, which help you keep a pulse on your team's updates and rituals in Progression. Someone hasn't had feedback for a while? Check-ins overdue? Someone's smashing it with Wins? We'll let you know, so you can take action.

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Revamped team dashboard and insights which help you analyse overall team activity and skill profiles as well as growth and focus areas for each individual. Understand what needs your attention and how your team is growing, together.

In beta: Career growth, visualised

 

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One last end of year gift from us: we’ve just shipped our beta Growth page. This is your new hub for keeping pace on how you are growing over time. It's currently available for individual users, but over the coming weeks we’ll be making this available for managers to view their reports’ progress too.

See and feel your growth over time

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At the top of the page is your growth over time chart; a great way to visualise your growth against skills that happen during Check-ins. Every Check-in is logged in time, and all the skills you checked-in against are plotted at the level you agreed you were working at.

Track the evidence you're collecting

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The second chart gives insight into the updates you're logging over time: a summary of your Wins, Feedback, Notes and Actions, so you can make a habit of collecting and reflecting on evidence of your progress, as it happens.

Keep pulse on the skills that are important to you

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At the bottom of the page we list all the skills related to your position, along with your current level, open Actions and how many updates you have logged related to this skill. You can also set Focus Skills here by tapping the star icon.

Curate your story

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Your data can be filtered down by time period, by skills and by update type, making it easy to see how you’ve improved in a specific area over time. Want to see how many Communication-related Wins you’ve received since your last check-in, for example? The growth page makes this a breeze. And don’t worry if you don’t have any data yet, it also provides prompts to help you get started.

The Growth page is live in app now, and we'd love your feedback.

Work feed and new navigation

 

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Spring cleaning but make it winter! We've just shipped one of the biggest UX and visual changes to the app this year: replacing our dashboard-style home page with the Work Feed: a centralised timeline of all your Progression activity, designed to help you keep the little habits that contribute to career growth and personal development front of mind.

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Along with that, we consolidated all the ways to create updates in Progression into a swish little 'capture box', with tabs to select if you want to create a Win, Feedback, Action or -- also new -- just capture a quick Note for you (and optionally your manager) to reflect on later.

Crucially, everything you add to the feed is taggable with your role's skills, so you're curating the story of your progression as you go.

Finally, we took the opportunity to refine the app's navigation, merging the top and side navigations and elements from the old dashboard into a more intuitively-organised sidebar which contains everything relating to you, your team and your company. So whether you're due a check-in, have some feedback to give a colleague, or want to bask in your team's wall of wins - it's all at your fingers.

It's in app now, or read more here.

Support your team's growth with a simple, open Feedback mechanism

 

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Introducing Feedback in Progression

We're pleased to say that in addition to Wins, Actions and Check-ins, we've now introduced Feedback as an additional way to understand how you're progressing against the skills and goals that are important to you.

Recognising the potential barriers and challenges around giving and receiving meaningful feedback, we've deliberately designed the feature to be frictionless, low-stress and empowering.

Here's how it works in a nutshell:

Be in control of requesting it: You can send a request for feedback to anyone in your company at any time, making it clear that feedback is expected and welcomed and letting you specify what you want feedback about.

Easily give it: You can give anyone feedback in the moment by using the 'Give feedback' button on their Progression profile page or super frictionlessly via our Slackbot shortcut or feedback.new bookmark.

Put it to use: Your received feedback will appear in a feed in the Progression app, ready to refer back to any time. Managers can view feedback received by their reports, to support them in putting it into action where needed.

You'll find the Feedback feature in app now, or read more on our blog and website.

Focus Skills and Actions make progression a habit

 

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Introducing Focus Skills and Actions: new ways to work on your growth, every week.

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Focus Skills

It's easy to forget that your day-to-day work contributes your skill development. Focus Skills help you capture those moments by letting you select up to three of your position's required skills to focus on at a time.

Tap into these skill pages and you'll see a timeline feed of all the occasions when you demonstrated evidence of this skill - collected as you go, ready for your next 1:1 or check-in.

Actions

If you've completed a Progression check-in but aren't sure what to do next, that's where Actions come in. Create an Action to help you prioritise tasks which contribute to your growth. Your manager can support you in setting and completing them. Tag them with skills and once checked off, they'll appear in your skills feed to remind you of what you achieved.

They're available in-app right now, and we'd love your feedback on where we take them next.

Making Wins a whole-team event

 

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Freshly launched this week: make the feel-good factor of Wins go further with our new Team Win features.

  • You can now tag multiple people to the same Win: a great way to maximise celebration of a team project or shared achievement.
  • You can now set the visibility of Wins as shareable to your entire company, so everyone can see and react to all the impactful work being done.
  • Check out the new Wins tab in-app for all your company's shared Win activity. You can filter activity down to your Team or yourself from here, too.

Find all these new features right now in-app and when you create your next Win!