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All Hail Runn’s Newest Feature: Skills and Levels

Get the most out of the talent in your organization with our new feature, Skills and Levels!

Introducing Skills and Levels in Runn

Get excited! Runn’s latest feature has landed, and it’s here to make finding the right people for the right project a lot simpler.

The purpose of managing your team’s skills is to make the most out of your organization's greatest resource: your people! If you're going out of your way to build talented teams of people with a wealth of experience, skills, and expertise, the last thing you want is to let their capabilities go unutilized or overlooked. 

Managing your team’s skills ensures that this will not happen. By having a clear oversight into every individual’s knowledge, experience, and talents, you can guarantee that you always assign the most appropriate people to the work that needs to be done. 

What's changed?

While you could always assign skills in Runn using tags, Runn now offers a dedicated place to manage, analyze and understand your people’s skills at a more granular level. 

Your people are your greatest asset, but tracking their diverse skills and experience is a lot to handle. Our Skills and Levels feature is designed to help you make the most of your talented team. Find the best people for your projects, create opportunities for learning, and spot skills gaps before they cause problems.

1. One place to manage all skills and levels

Maintaining a master list of all the relevant skills and the people who have them is a great way to see the current capabilities within your business. Runn has moved skills to its own area of the app so you no longer need to worry about losing track of skills among all the other tags you might have. 

You also now have the ability to assign skill levels on a scale from 1 to 4 to each skill that a person has. This is an optional detail and is completely up to you to define, but can be especially useful for large teams where you don’t know each person on an individual basis. Perhaps a skill level of 1 means someone has had exposure to the skill, whereas a level of 4 means someone has used the skill for at least 3 years. 

2. Spot skills gaps to hire and upskill

Do enough people in your development team know Python? Are there enough people in your Paris office who can speak English fluently? Is there anyone with a PMP certification?

You can view all the available skills among various groups of people in a single view. Simply create filtered lists for different roles, teams, tags, and employment relationship types, and you’ll be able to see the skills and proficiencies available in each group.

Knowing what skills you have and don’t have in your business is crucial for defining what skills you may need to hire for, or the areas you need to provide training for. Future-proof your business by having a diverse array of skills at hand.

You can also add skills to placeholders to help you identify the skills you need for future hires.

3. Assign the right people to your projects

Once you identify what skills are required for a certain project, it’s time to start assigning people to work on it. From the Planner, you can filter by skills to refine your options and pick someone to assign with suitable availability and skills.

This is where skill levels can be extra helpful. Seeing that two people have skills in Photoshop can be enough, but matching the project resource requirements with the skill level will give you the extra confidence that you’ve made the right resourcing decision.

What skills can I manage in Runn?

You can add as many skills as you want to Runn.

Examples can include:

  • Technical skills e.g. Python, SQL, SEO, Figma
  • Management skills
  • Qualifications and certifications e.g. PMI, CISSP, bachelor’s degree
  • Industry experience e.g. healthcare, FMCG, fintech
  • Written and spoken languages

How do I use Runn to manage skills?

Create and assign skills to people

  1. From the Skills tab, click New Skills
  2. Type out your new skills. You can create more than one
  3. Click Add
  4. Find the skill and click Add People
  5. Select the people you want to add the skill to. Optional: Use the dropdown next to each person to select their skill level
  6. Click Add Selected

Using skills to do resource planning

  1. Head to the People Planner
  2. Use the filter to select the skill you want to find someone with. A list of all the people with that skill will show
  3. Pick someone to assign to the project with the correct availability. Optional: If you use proficiency, hover over the diamond icon to see a person’s skill level

With Skills, getting the right people on the right project is about to become a whole lot easier. We can’t wait to see what Runn’s community of amazing users are able to achieve with this new feature.

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