Advanced skills analytics

What you will learn

  1. Introduction to advanced skills analytics
  2. What you can do with advanced skills analytics
  3. Overview of advanced skills analytics
  4. Common questions
  5. Getting more out of advanced skills analytics
  6. Next steps

1. Introduction to advanced skills analytics

Now that you've gained the building blocks from our getting started with basic skills analytics article, you can dig a bit deeper into your teams' skills. Advanced Skills Analytics will give a more in-depth breakdown of a particular skill within your team. This information can give you specifics into what assessments individuals on your team are taking, what your teams strongest and weakest topics are, and the skill proficiency for each. This analytics set helps you target usage and skill data to aid in individual discoverability within your team and highlight where you strengths lie.

Important: Advanced Skills Analytics is only available to Enterprise Plan customers. For Professional Plans, feel free to check out our previous article on getting started with basic skills analytics.

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2. What you can do with advanced skills analytics

Advanced skills analytics helps you acquire a more granular level of detail about your teams' skills. This is done by providing data within a particular skill. This data includes information related to the skills and usage of individuals within your team. Additional benefits to these analytics are highlighted below:

  • Discover hidden talent within your team which can help you determine who to put on what projects.
  • Gain quantifiable skill levels across your team and close the skill gap within your organization.
  • See distribution of skills within a subject.

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3. Overview of advanced skills analytics

To get started, log in to your Pluralsight account and click on Analytics using the left-pane. Next, click on Skills from the top center panel.

From there, choose a skill listed for your team. Below, we'll be taking a look at this particular teams Python skills dashboard:


A. This area gives a summary of your teams skill levels within a particular skill. Here, you'll find the average skill rating and Skill IQ for a given skill. This particular team has an overall skill rating of 104, which collectively puts them in the Proficient range. To date, this team has taken 53 assessments and 53/825 users (within your team) have been assessed for Python. This could be useful for when you want to quickly get a feel for how your team is handling a skill and see those opportunities to increase assessment totals. The Download report allows you to pull data for topics, users, or both. The user report will include historical skill assessment data per user. Each previous assessment will be shown on one line.


B. This view gives a granular detail of the particular topics within a skill and where your teams Skill IQ lies for each. Using the example above, you can see that the strongest topic for Python was for "Collections" with an average Skill IQ score of 141.

Tip: You can use the toggle to choose between viewing your team's strongest and weakest topics.


C. Here, you'll find a more expanded info set for your team which includes a list of all topics as well as the ranges and amount of questions answered. You can sort all of these values by clicking on the headers to give you some insight into where your teams' strengths lie and where they can continue to improve and skill up. If you'd like to pull a report on this data specifically, you can choose the Download report button (found in section A) and for this particular section.


D. Where granularity really comes into play is in the user view. This data will give you a more individualized perspective on your teams make up. If you'd like to pull a report on this data specifically, you can choose the Download report button (found in section A) and choose the "User Skills Levels" option and choose "Topic Skill IQs" for this particular section. 

Note: Team managers can only view usage for their team members. Plan administrators have access to all analytics across the organization. Individual Skill IQ scores are not viewable.

There are a ton of ways to leverage this data both on Pluralsight and internally. Lets say you have identified the Python "Experts" on your team. This knowledge could perhaps help you internally for finding the right person for a Python-related project. You can also spot which individuals on your team are "Novice" and pair them up with the experts to increase proficiency levels across your organization. The user view can really help to close the skills gaps found throughout your team.

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4. Common questions

Question: Can I see Skill IQ scores for individuals on my team?

No. Only proficiency levels are viewable.

Question: Can I pull a skills report for an individual on my team?

Though we don't have a downloadable report for specific individuals on your team, you can still view who has taken specific skill assessments(s) on the advanced analytics dashboard. By clicking on their name, you will be able to see their skill assessment listed.

Question: As a plan/team manager, can I see any reports around path progress?

No new reports are available with the release of paths, but you can still use your existing reports to see progress of courses within paths.

Question: Can I use Skill IQs for hiring, firing and promotion decisions?

We believe that Skill IQs and Role IQs can be unbiased/objective data points used by Pluralsight customers to inform decisions around new team members and career paths.

If a user has been issued a business Pluralsight license, and has activated that license, a business may choose to use their Skill IQ and Role IQ levels in decision making. If a user does not have a paid and activated Pluralsight license, they may sign up for a free, personal account and choose to share their Skill IQ and Role IQ with their current or prospective employer.

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5. Getting more out of advanced skills analytics

Now that you've learned how to use skills analytics, let's explore more ways to enable your team:

  • Take a look at a particular topic within a skill. Determine where your team is "novice" and consider focusing on that to increase overall competencies.
  • Think of ways to create internal mentorships within your organization and guide their learning by creating Channels.
  • Engage Pluralsight's very own Mentoring tool. This will allow one-on-one mentorship for someone on your team.
  • Focus on individuals within your team and create a cadence to discuss growth and acquired knowledge. 

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6. Next steps

Ready to master another part of our analytics tool? Feel free to take a glance at our other getting started articles below:

Get started with basic analytics

Get started with advanced analytics (Enterprise only)

Users analytics

Courses analytics

Usage analytics

Subjects analytics

Basic skills analytics

Basic channels analytics

Advanced skills analytics

Advanced channels analytics

Mentoring analytics


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