Umbraco Mentor Matching

What is it?

"Mentors" are matched either with individuals or small groups of “Mentees”. You then work together remotely to improve your Umbraco knowledge.

Who is it for?

“Mentees” are anyone interested in improving their Umbraco knowledge in a self managed way while also receiving input from a mentor.

You may be an absolute beginner or be more experienced yet looking to deepen your understanding of anything Umbraco.

Who are mentors and what role do they play?

Mentors volunteer their time to share their experience on specific topics.  They are not expected to be perfect or to have all the answers.

Mentors are not teachers, trainers or parents!  The mentors role is to make suggestions, provide advice and encouragement.  Where possible they will answer specific questions or provide pointers on where to find answers.  

What is the time commitment?

The more you put in the more you will get out!  The most important thing is that everyone is clear about the commitment and their expectations.

The relationship is lead by the Mentee(s), so please be clear about your own progress & the areas you wish to improve.  The mentors role is to make suggestions, provide advice and encouragement.

The specifics are up to you, although we recommend two possible formats:

  1. Short, intensive learning:
  1. Mentees commit to a minimum of 4 hours during the week, including working with their mentor for 1 or 2 hours each week
  2. No longer than 4 to 6 weeks
  3. Identify specific topics or areas that you will focus on
  1. Longer term mentoring:
  1. Schedule a regular 1 hour Mentoring session (eg once per month)
  2. Ad hoc questions via Slack or email
  3. You might agree a topic or challenge for the mentee to focus on between meetings
  4. Review after 6 months before committing further

Whatever format you use it is vital to set clear expectations about when and how much everyone can commit and how you will communicate.

Where possible (and only with your team/employers approval) mentoring calls can be during normal working hours.

What is the difference between a mentor group and one-to-one?

Groups: Up to 3 mentees are matched so that everyone is approaching the topics with roughly the same experience along with one Mentor.  The group can help to motivate, encourage and challenge each other. Peer-to-peer learning and support is vital to ensure the group is both fun and a success.  

We recommend that mentor groups use the “Short, intensive learning” format described above. Including once per week the whole group (members and mentor) work together for 2 hours.  The group may work in pairs or as a whole group over video chat and remote screen sharing.  This allows the group to have fun and learn together.

One-to-one: One Mentor is matched with one Mentee.  

How do we “work together" remotely?

We hope that “remote” mentoring will allow more people to be both mentors and mentees!

We recommend using a video call with screen sharing and that you pick a specific topic or question(s) to work on. Although we can provide some suggestions, the format of these is up to you.

For example:

How do I take part?

Volunteer as a Mentor      Express interest in being a mentee

  1. Tell us a little about what you are looking for (see forms above)
  2. Groups/individuals & mentors are matched as best we can
  3. Mentees and mentors agree to be introduced (no-one is forced to agree)
  4. Over to you!

Disclaimer

The Umbraco Mentor Matching is just that: matching.  The mentoring relationships are self managed. We do not police, dictate or control anything.  The Umbraco community is very open and welcoming and so we assume everyone taking part will treat each other with honesty, respect and without any form of prejudice.

We are very keen to hear feedback on how we can improve both the matching and any advice for how to run a successful Mentoring relationship.