Establishing Our Engineering Community of Practice

By: Wesley Matson, Software Engineer

At Jelli, we’re focused on fostering a culture of innovation, and our team is always thinking of creative ways to grow and learn. That’s why, in addition to ongoing learn and share sessions and hackathons, we launched an Engineering Community of Practice!

What is a Community of Practice?

Communities of Practice (CoP) are groups of people who share common interests or concerns that come together to deepen their understanding of a particular area. In other words, it’s a professional development tool that fosters curiosity and collaboration. And for Jelli, it’s helping our organization shift our mindset from short-term startup thinking to long-term health and growth.

Although new, we noticed a payoff well within the first quarter, and we’ve already found that having this practice helps our team prioritize learning and knowledge sharing in an organic way. Jelli is made up of highly skilled individuals, and there are so many things we can teach each other, whether we’re sharing techniques, collaboratively learning, or demonstrating a passion project.

Our Engineering Community of Practice

Our Engineering Community of Practice is entirely optional and open to non-Jelli topics like programming languages and paradigms that we don’t use. We meet every couple of weeks to engage in activities, listen to trainings, or solve problems.

This practice opens our minds to new concepts, but it also boosts employee engagement. Research suggests that employees perform better when they’re motivated (click here to learn about Pink’s Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose framework), and COPs provide that motivation.

Here are a couple of examples of things we’ve covered in past meetups:

  • Listen to and discuss a talk from the 2019 Heart of Clojure conference. Heart of Clojure is a conference about the interplay between software engineering and the arts.
  • Learning Scala together. Scala is a programming language that supports both object-oriented and functional programming styles on a larger scale.

We’d love to work with you. If you want to work with a team that fosters engagement, learning, and collaboration, browse our current openings! Click here to explore our tech blog LaunchPad and learn more about a few recent projects.