BeanStalk

The app has three main areas – the three tabs you will see on the top of your screen once you create your account:

  • Assessment
  • Dashboard
  • Improvement

     

When you first access the app, you will see the assessment for the role you have selected.

Assessment

The assessment is a prioritized list of questions, each representing relevant skills for your role. You should start at the top and answer each question. If you need guidance on what exactly a “yes” answer means for a specific question, you can always expand the acceptance criteria immediately below the question.

 

Once you have gone through the assessment, it becomes your personal improvement backlog. Every question that you have answered with either “partially” or “not yet” are personal improvement items that you can choose to focus on.

 

MATURITY LEVELS

The questions are grouped in maturity levels (5 levels p/ role). You start at level 1, and unlock the next level once you have answered “yes” to 80% of the questions. This helps you understand where you currently stand in your career, but also ensures you focus on the foundational skills you need before you can unlock higher level capabilities.

FILTERS

You can use the filters on the left-hand side to make the assessment easier to work with.

By using the filters you can:

  • find the next improvement to focus on, “Auto-hide ‘yes’ answers” will hide from your assessment all the skills (questions) you have already acquired

  • easily continue answering questions (if you stopped along the way, or if you skipped some questions when first taking the assessment) with “show only unanswered” , which will hide all questions except the ones you have not provided any answer at all

In the advanced filter options, you can also filter by answer type, or by maturity level, or by question category.

Dashboard

Your dashboard contains an overview of the key characteristics of your profile. It is available to you after you have submitted your assessment. The “submit” button is on the top-right of the assessment page.

In the dashboard, you will specifically be able to see:

  • Profile overview – this is your maturity graph, based on your assessment answers. We have written blog posts about the different maturity models so that you can understand what it means and how it can help you prioritize your next improvement area. If you’re curious, you can check out the blog posts about the Scrum Master and Product Owner maturity models.

  • Badges – this shows your current seniority level, and displays the corresponding badge.

  • Burnup chart – this shows the progress you’re making in your learning journey. Every time you answer a question as “yes”, it means you have acquired a new skill and you move up your burnup chart. It also helps to give you an overview of your “learning velocity” – how fast you’re moving in your learning journey.

  • Current focus – this is giving you some information of what it means to get to the next level of seniority. What are the things you will be able to do if you reach Product Owner level 2 (in the example below)?

Improvement

This is your focus area, where you pick the 1 or 2 skills you want to acquire next. Once you have added a question to the focus area, you have access to more information about the respective skills, guiding you on how to practice and improve.

 

ADDING QUESTIONS TO IMPROVEMENT VIEW

In the assessment view, you will notice that every question has on the top-right a toggle, allowing you to select that question as a “focus question”, which means it is now in your Improvement view.

To help keep you focused, you are only allowed to have 2 questions selected as “focus questions”. Once you have reached that limit, you will have to either acquire the skill (i.e. answer “yes” to the focus question), or you need to remove one question from your improvement view by de-selecting the focus toggle.


IMPROVING!

In your Improvement view, you will be able to see additional information for the specific question to help guide you in your practice and learning:

  • Coach’s advice – short insights into why this skill is relevant, ways to practice and improve, and advice on things to keep in mind. 

  • Videos – learning videos created by our expert guides helping you understand the relevant concepts and how to apply them. Currently, not every question has a learning video, but our guides are busy continuously adding new videos to our growing eLearning library.

  • Recommended reading – books (including summaries), articles, and blog posts that are helpful in acquiring relevant knowledge, or understanding necessary tools and frameworks

  • Additional references – links to relevant websites, communities, or other items of interest.