A person's domain knowledge, skill, or ability is an important part of what that person brings to a task or team. As such, Lineup supports a way to capture those KSAs (we'll call them skills for shorthand) within the platform.
What is a skill?
Skills are kind of like custom fields that support exactly five values. Like Person Custom Fields, they can be added to Lineup Forms and used as filters.
Anatomy of a skill
All skills share a similar structure, from the name to the value. You'll specify all of this when you set up the skill initially. To learn how to set up (and edit) your skills, read this article.
This is the shorthand name of the skill. Try to keep it short and distinct from other skills you may be capturing. End-users will not see this label.
The skill description is typically used as the default question text when you add it to a Lineup Form. You can always change it when you add it, but if it's going to be on multiple forms, you may want to phrase the Skill Description as a question.
Skill values are the actual levels of the skill, and the values that you assign to them. Lineup supports skills with five distinct levels, represented by bars. Each value level has its own label and Skill Level Description.
- Value label: like the skill label, this is what shows up in reports and is used internally. By default, these levels are Novice, Emerging, Intermediate, Experienced, and Expert, but you can customize those.
- Skill Level Description: Because these levels can mean different things to different people, Lineup offers the space to define each level more specifically. For example, you can use the skill level description to explain what "Intermediate" means.