is currently a collection of open source and public ‘progression frameworks’, examples of the tools that thousands of managers in tech are building for their teams to ensure that they feel valued at work.

What is a progression framework?

A progression framework (or ‘competency matrix’, ‘career ladder’) is an internal document created to help employees understand the expectations of their roles, and how to progress and grow at work.

When done right, a tool like this helps employees to grow and hone their strengths, and helps managers ensure that their organisations are in good shape and their employees happy.

They attempt to answer common progression questions, including:

  • How do I know if I’m doing a good job?
  • What does my company expect of me?
  • Why does (s)he have that title and I don’t?
  • How long until I get a promotion/pay rise?
  • Why shouldn’t I take that job offer in my inbox?

Who are you?

I am Jonny, an ex design manager and solo founder. I’ve been through the process of creating progression frameworks for design teams and have chatted to many design, engineering, product and research managers who have gone through, or are going through, the same problems I did.

I’m on a mission to help people understand how to grow at work. So whether you’re a manager, a founder, or an employee looking to understand your own path through your career, I’d love to hear from you.

You can follow my weekly ‘solo founder’ journal over on my website.

How do I contribute?

Got a progression framework to add? Contributions are very welcome! Please let me know by emailing the details to

I need one of these, but I don’t know how to start!

Excellent. Let me know, I’d love to help.

I have another question…

Please please ask.