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Developer Onboarding Process: A How-To Guide to Streamlining the Developer's Onboarding Experience. Being The New Person™ is the worst part of the onboarding process. Getting new employees engaged quickly makes it much more likely that they decide to stick around instead of just continuing to job hunt. A metric called "Time to First Commit" is the key to helping new employees get started off on the right track. In order to commit code, a developer must have a fully configured machine, security credentials, and be assigned tasks at a basic level.