Accelerate Developer Adoption with an Onboarding DX Audit
Unlock the full potential of your developer tool with a personalized friction audit, delivered in just 2 weeks.
Get developers to Hello World in 5 minutes (or less)
Don’t worry, I offer a 100% money-back guarantee if I can’t find a way to lower your Time to Hello World to 5 minutes or less.
Do developers get stuck when learning your tool?
Developer adoption is slow. You have a non-trivial onboarding flow that might involve downloading software, introducing new concepts or mental models, signing up for your service, configuring different kinds of client-side SDKs, and deploying to your own cloud or another provider. In short, your DevTool has a lot of moving parts and might have a higher learning curve than you want.
That’s why you’ve invested in good documentation. That’s table stakes. You think your getting started guide is pretty good, or at least, your product engineers say, “It’s fine.” But you’re not sure. There still might be gaps no one’s uncovered yet. You might be investing in more content marketing to spread awareness to drive new developers to your product – but are those developers actually reporting issues they face or are they just silently abandoning your onboarding and going with a competitor?
Imagine that learning your DevTool was frictionless.
Imagine them getting to Hello World in 5 minutes or less. Imagine optimizing for “Aha!” moments (instead of “Ah hell! (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻”). Imagine them finishing that getting started guide and moving on to building their MVP sooner. Imagine feeling confident that your content marketing spend was not only attracting developers but keeping them engaged so they don’t bounce out of your funnel. Imagine being easier to get started with than your competitors.
Get a friction audit from a seasoned developer experience engineer and educator.
Did you know the industry benchmark for Time to Hello World is 5 minutes? With my onboarding friction audit, you’ll know exactly where developers might be getting stuck in your Hello World onboarding flow and get tailored advice for how to remove roadblocks to get you under that coveted 5-minute mark (and sometimes half that).
Often all it takes is fresh eyes and an outside perspective to see gaps in your onboarding flow. If you don’t follow a standard process for performing friction audits, there are probably gaps you don’t see – especially if you are continually adding new features that increase complexity. Book a friction audit from me now. Why?
- I was a lead engineer on a developer enablement team whose efforts doubled the speed-to-market for new Target.com experiences and more than doubled cart & checkout web performance, contributing to record sales that year
- I’ve worked on enterprise DevTools for over 12 years across multiple stacks and roles including frontend, backend, and infra
- I’ve upskilled over 12,000+ professional developers on different DevTools through my Pluralsight courses
- I have a business background that helps me bridge the gap between business and engineering teams
Here’s how it works:
You swipe plastic and book your slot on my calendar. Thanks! Before our kick-off meeting, I’ll ask you to answer some questions about the onboarding experience you want me to test. These questions will gather inputs to the test like the specific SDK or stack to use, who your personas are, and where the entrypoint to the getting started experience is.
At the kickoff meeting, first we’ll discuss the gaps you are seeing. Then we’ll go over how you’ve addressed them or are currently addressing them. Finally, we’ll get aligned on the approach and how I’ll measure the audit. The meeting usually takes about 60-90 minutes but it will be booked for 2 hours just in case.
Within 2 weeks, you will have a report with specific, actionable recommendations to close any onboarding gaps. We’ll schedule a Q&A where I’ll present the key findings and summarize the report. Once that’s done, I’ll hand over the report so your engineering team can close any gaps that will help you increase your developer adoption rate.
The onboarding friction audit includes:
- Multiple Hello World profiling sessions for one (1) SDK or tech stack (e.g. .NET, Node.js, Go, Ruby, Python, etc.)
- A developer journey map and timeline that visualizes the “hot path” during the onboarding flow
- Recordings of the profiling sessions with annotations you can keep forever
- Audit report with detailed findings and tailored recommendations
- 1-hour leadership summary with Q&A
rm -rf friction from your DevTool?
Are you ready to accelerate developer adoption? Awesome! You can get started by booking your audit by clicking the button below. The price is $1,500, which is easily recouped by increasing the adoption rate for your developer tool and converting more free-to-paid customers.
If your investment today converted 25 more developers this year with an average LTV of $200, that's $5,000 of revenue you didn't have before.
Now imagine over the next 3-5 years you continue to convert an average of 30 developers per year based on the recommendations I provide – that's a potential increase of around $30,000 in revenue without even raising your prices, investing in more content marketing, or increasing LTV. Not bad for a $1,500 investment, right?
100% Money Back Guarantee
I guarantee I can provide recommendations that will lower your Time to Hello World to 5 minutes or less. Heck, if it's already 5 minutes or less, I bet I can save you another 20%. If you’re not satisfied with my findings after the final presentation, simply let me know, and I’ll refund your money.
My clients get lovely results
“As a database company, content was a big void for us. Our product is hard to explain and requires a lot of technical depth. The only person in the company who could write about it was our CEO. When we saw Kamran had created a Pluralsight course around our product, we reached out to him to help us with our developer marketing and education.
Kamran has simplified complex features clearly and understandably for my team internally and our community. He has helped us design more engaging technical content and education through his excellent writing and communication skills and use of examples.
I personally expressed in our management meeting that no one in our company could provide such high-quality content, presentations, and videos.”
What is Time to Hello World?
Time to Hello World is a crucial measure of how quickly a developer can get up and running with your tool, experiencing its power firsthand. Here’s what I mean: one time I was sitting in a workshop with the CTO of a new framework, and it wasn’t until the second day that people’s heads started to explode about how powerful the tool could be (but by then some people had already decided to not show up).
So what is it? It's easy.
Being first can be an advantage. Being the best can be an advantage. But being easy? That's always an advantage.
Don't let a complicated onboarding process turn potential users away from your DevTool. In today's fast-paced market you're not only competing with alternatives, but you're also competing with shorter and shorter developer attention spans.
A shorter Time to Hello World means a more efficient and enjoyable onboarding process, leading to faster developer adoption, increased developer satisfaction, and higher free-to-paid conversion rates.
You're only 2 weeks away from knowing what's slowing you down. Click the button below to stop waiting.
I make developer tool onboarding easy so companies can accelerate developer adoption. I believe that better developer education is a skeleton key that unlocks growth, whether that's through lowering the learning curve, upskilling developers in their careers, or creating immersive learning experiences.
I love to teach developers and I routinely speak at international conferences like React Summit and NDC on technology topics. But, fun fact: my top-rated talk that I give multiple times per year is actually my personal finance talk where I teach developers how to manage their money better.
I am also a Pluralsight author and I've upskilled over 12,000 developers through my six courses on DevTools covering a range of technologies like Gatsby, Azure, GitHub, Cypress, Ionic, and RavenDB. My Azure courses were also on the AZ-204 certification path.
I host the DevEducate podcast and share tips on developer onboarding in my newsletter which has been featured in the Developer Avocados Weekly and DevRel Weekly newsletters. 🥑🍏
I used to build and design enterprise developer tools and was a tech lead on developer experience & enablement teams scaling million-visitor brand websites at Fortune 500 companies like Target and General Mills. My contributions have not only increased developer satisfaction but also increased the speed to market for both internal enterprise apps and consumer-facing product experiences.
I'm a dork, I love RPGs and home DIY, and I live in Minnesota where I work when it's cold out and take summers off with my kids for the 3 months it lasts.