I like to work with recruiters. I've used them in the past. I refer people to them. But I am missing something here.
I just got off the phone with a recruiter. He was using some kind of a phone, either VOIP or a cell phone, but it cut in and out. I had to spell someone's name for him twice. He didn't hear me. I finally stopped the call because I couldn't stand it. Stupid recruiter trick #1: Use a phone that makes someone unable to actually converse with you.
The other trick happened last week. A recruiter emailed me, looking for an “agile developer.” He said “rate is based on velocity.” This is so wrong in so many dimensions, I thought I had misread the email. I asked him. Nope, that's what he meant. His reply, “Our client is not basing the rate on experience, but on how well and efficient the candidate's code is. Velocity = Productivity. ” Stupid recruiter trick #2: not understanding agile and pushing the hiring manager to explain what the manager is really looking for.
OMG. I thought that with the depression/recession, stupid recruiters would be unable to keep their jobs. I guess not.
Recruiters and hiring managers: personal velocity is meaningless, especially on an agile team. The team works together to deliver features. If you persist in measuring people's productivity, they will game the system by always estimating stories as slightly larger than they are, or breaking stories down into tasks and assigning very large numbers to those tasks.
I won't be referring people to these guys. TSTL. (In fiction, that's a character who is Too Stupid To Live.)