Better Software Magazine Article on Interviewing & Hiring

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Hiring people for any role on an agile team (manager, ScrumMaster, product owner, team member, or architect) is challenging. It’s even more difficult using traditional hiring methods. Even though candidates might be able to answer your questions and prove their C++ programming skills, what you really want are people who are competent and capable, work well with others, and will fit in with your team. Immersive interviewing is the best way I know to hire for agile software development teams—or for any other position in your organization. And like all good agile practices, it begins and ends with the team.

The Case for Retrospectives

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Even with all the good reasons to do retrospectives, they are still the first thing most teams cut when they’re feeling pressured to perform faster, deliver more, or increase quality. What’s ironic is that they are cutting the one thing that could help them both increase their velocity and quality.