Tag Archives: Hiring Geeks That Fit

Six Tips for Interviewing Scrum Masters, Part 2

Now that you know what you expect from your Scrum Master’s job (the deliverables), and you know the essential and desirable skills (the first three tips), you can focus on creating the interview questions and audition. (If you have not … Continue reading

Posted in hiring process | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Six Tips for Interviewing Scrum Masters, Part 1

People want to know the “secret sauce” for hiring Scrum Masters and agile coaches. I wish it was easy to provide a standard set of questions. Because your agile team is unique, your questions should be different. However, there are … Continue reading

Posted in hiring process | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Creating a Succession Plan for Your Technical Team

We often think about a succession plan for managers. But, if you’re not thinking about a succession plan for your technical team, you’re falling prey to local shortages, and hiring the same old kinds of people. You’re not getting diverse … Continue reading

Posted in hiring strategy | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

An Agile Approach From Job Offer to Start to Success

If you’re a hiring manager, you might think that once you’ve made the offer you’re home free. Not quite. Maybe you think that once your new hire starts, you’re home free. Nope. You don’t get to see the results of … Continue reading

Posted in job offer | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Hiring Trap: I’ll Wait for the Best Person

A senior product manager had a great interview the other day. “I know the industry. I worked on the first generation of their product. I know their customers. I could do this job. I understand their problems. I showed them … Continue reading

Posted in hiring process | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

How to Hire for Cultural Fit Without Becoming Insular and Mediocre

Have you read The next thing Silicon Valley needs to disrupt big time: its own culture? If not, it talks about hiring processes where companies Hire people “just like us” Where candidates can’t tell they are on interviews Where, if … Continue reading

Posted in hiring process | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Three Tips to Streamline Your Phone Screens, Part 3

I talked about streamlining your problem statement and your job analysis in Part 1. In Part 2, I talked about streamlining your recruiting. This part is about is about phone screens. Love them or hate them, you have to do … Continue reading

Posted in hiring process | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Three Tips to Streamline Your Recruiting, Part 2

My client in Part 1, where we talked about streamlining your analysis, was also having trouble finding people. He needed to hire two developers. He just “knew” there was a boom in Boston, and could not hire more people. Well, … Continue reading

Posted in hiring process | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Three Tips to Streamline Your Hiring, Part 1

I spent the day consulting with a client who might sound just like you. He’s a senior manager in a small company. He’s overworked, trying to perform too many roles by himself. He’s the CTO, Scrum Master for as many … Continue reading

Posted in hiring process | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

What Does Your Interviewing Reveal About You?

Did you read When Did You Last “Shop” Your Candidate Experience? See the common complaints from candidates: Distracted interviewers Late or no-show interviewers Non-job relevant questions You don’t have to vie for a “Best Place to Work” award or a … Continue reading

Posted in hiring process | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments