Your First Month
Hello & Welcome #
Thank you for joining our team and we're excited to build awesome stuff together that helps Vermonter's lead healthier, happier lives.
You can read about the core of what we do in our Vision & Mission statement on our public website
Here's some of the broad strokes stuff you can expect in the first couple months and beyond. This is based upon the SOV On-boarding and Hiring Guide.
1. Computer Setup #
Some software installations may already be present on your computer, but in case they aren't, installing and configuring is a good orientation to the tools we use here on a regular basis
Here are some things to get started with as you setup your machine:
- SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
- SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT)
- Bitbucket Server (formerly Stash)
- Source Tree
- RedGate ToolBelt
- AHS Global Admin Tool
Additional tools you may find useful
- MajorGeeks.com - Copy File Name - adds the ability to right-click on a file and copy the full path in a number of formats.
- git-scm.com - Git Bash - Git Bash for those who enjoy command line fun times.
- notepad-plus-plus.org - Notepad++ - A good all around editor.
- google.com - Chrome Browser - A sound alternative to using IE.
2. Introductions #
- Building Tour - Overview of program areas and conference rooms (especially the hard to find ones)
- Brief Intros - Introductions to IT division personnel. Get to know folks around the office and where they sit
- Welcome 1 on 1s with available office folks. Schedule about an hour long block with various folks from around the office to do a deep dive, get to know them, and have them share their experiences working here and what programs they work on.
3. Trainings #
There are several mandatory health department trainings and many more training and professional development opportunities to explore based on any knowledge gaps in technologies that we're working with
Mandatory Trainings #
The following are a list of mandatory trainings that all new hires must take.
Class signup can be done via LINC - Lead. Innovate. Navigate. Connect!.
For more information about LINC please visit : https://humanresources.vermont.gov/training/sov-linc
- Preventing and Addressing Sexual Harassment – classroom/2 hours
- Civility and Unconscious Bias in the Workplace – classroom/2 hours
- Diversity Online– online/15 minutes
- Ethics in State Government: Decisions and Dilemmas– online/ 15 minutes
- Emergency Procedures for the Individual State Employee – online/2 hours 25 minutes
- Continuous Improvement 101 – online/30 minutes
- Office Ergonomics – online/20 minutes
- Defensive Driving Course – online/2 hours
Development Trainings #
This can be setup on a case by case basis. A key training tool we lean on is pluralsight, so we'll get set up with an account and identify trainings that should help bridge any experiences with things you're familiar with to things that we're working on here.
4. Anticipated Work #
Primary work assignments typically come from a SCRUM team identifying work, planning it during sprint planning, and is generally the prioritized over other background work.
As you get acclimated to the systems we're maintaining, you can take on more of the estimating, planning, and implementations. To start, most work will probably be guided with the help of a senior developer, but minimally you should be prepared to sit in and shadow all dev work being done to become familiar with those systems
It's important to find some stuff that you can work on unilaterally that doesn't require coordinating multiple team resources. This provides good fall-back work with much less of the dependency pressures of delivering stuff within a sprint
Lots of the stuff we can work on independently typically involves some tech debt style work, like migrating to newer systems, updating versions, adding to our documentation, or other various enhancements to our processes.
Trainings can always occupy any remaining down time or also be pro-actively used to orient to any new technologies or frameworks.
5. Miscellaneous links that you may find useful #
- Intranet - Contains documentation for past and ongoing projects.
- Confluence - AHS Data Services Web Portal for forms, standards, documentation, etc., for all database related tasks, requests, and procedures.
- Hive - AHS Sharepoint site with links to the various departments Intranet and Internet pages containing resources, documents, and information specific to each.
Admin Stuff (Pre-Work) #
Note: Prior to the first day, supervisors should do the following stuff:
- Get Employee ID #
- Submit User Access Request (UAR) for Active Directory (AD) account with appropriate groups
- Submit LanDesk ticket to get computer station setup with the correct image and software