June 26 WALTHAM MEETING: Agile Hiring: It’s a Team Sport

Slides from this talk are available: Agile Hiring: It’s a Team Sport

When you think of hiring for your team, do you think of paperwork, and endless interviews, wondering if this candidate is really right, and the difficulty in making a decision? You know the cost of hiring people is high, and the cost of not getting the right person is even higher. You can apply agile approaches to your hiring, iterating on everything in the hiring process, getting feedback as you go, and involving the entire team. Just as agile is a cross-functional and team approach to developing great products, you can make hiring a cross-functional and team approach to hiring the best people who fit your team.

Join Johanna Rothman, author of “Hiring Geeks Who Fit”, in this talk where she will explain how to have the team review resumes, interview, create auditions, and make the hiring decisions to ensure you have people who fit with the team. She’ll also explain where and when it makes sense for the hiring manager to take the lead, such as for phone screens, organizing the interview, and the offer. If you have agile HR people, bring them, because we want them involved, and they have a place, too.



About The Presenter:

Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” helps organizational leaders see problems and risks in their product development. She helps them recognize potential risks, seize opportunities, and remove impediments.

Johanna was the Agile 2009 conference chair. She is the current agileconnection.com technical editor. Johanna is the author of these books:

  • Manage Your Job Search
  • Hiring Geeks That Fit
  • Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects
  • The 2008 Jolt Productivity award-winning Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management
  • Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management
  • Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds: The Secrets and Science of Hiring Technical People

She is writing a book about agile and lean program management. She writes columns for Stickyminds.com, Dice.com, and projectmanagment.com, and writes two blogs on her web site, jrothman.com, as well as a blog on createadaptablelife.com.

Meeting Agenda:

6:30 pm Introduction

7:00 pm Food, beverages, and socializing

7:20 pm Main event

8:20 pm Done

8:30 pm Done Done

Meeting Location:

200 West Street
Waltham, MA 02451

The event room is located on the 1st floor. Enter the building. Take the hallway to the left. Walk past the elevators. The door to the event room will be on your right before the restrooms.