This page is a collection of resources for running a peer group within a company. It's particularly focused on groups for senior individual track in technology (staff plus), but may be useful to others. It is a companion to my Staff Plus New York talk on peer groups and is based on conversations with a number of people who run peer groups at different companies. I will periodically add more resources. Briefly, a peer group is a collection of your peers. In this case the groups are focused on staff plus engineers, helping members get better at their jobs. If you use these resources, please consider sharing your experiences in the form discussed below.
Guidelines for Forming a Staff Plus Peer Group
- Get the scope right: Not too big, not too small
- Self-organize: The group should be run by members of the group
- Provide Value: The group should be serving the purposes of the members.
Get The Scope Right
Share Your Experiences
Links on Peer Group and Learning Circles
- Forbes: 13 Tactics That Ensure Your Peer-To-Peer Group's Success
- Will Larson: Communities of learning
- Will Larson: Why not create a StaffEng Slack or Discord?
- Nice list of issues to try to avoid
- Stanford: What is Peer Learning and Why is it Important?
- Google re:Work -- Employee to Employee Learning