People, HR and Talent
Recruiting for agile teams requires a different focus than when recruiting for traditional teams. I'd like to give you some of the qualities I look for in candidates when I am recruiting.
- Passion and aptitude: I recruit strategically. It is much easier to teach a skill and instill passion.
- Communication: An agile team thrives on strong communication (and I don't mean accents or poor English). If someone can get a point across in 5 words or a simple picture, their in.
- Cultural Fit: I don't want clones, but I need staff who will work well with their colleagues and management.
- Accountability: I want staff who can take on accountability and do not shy away from failure.
- Multi-skilled: I will always prefer to hire staff who can pick up a keyboard and help out a colleague, especially when it is outside of their core skills and "job description" (I also hate those, but that's another story).
- Self Directing: I can't afford to micromanage staff (for my sake and their's). They need to be able to take on requirements and outcomes as required.
And here's a bonus tip for managers (and I believe the most important). You should never recruit new staff to fill an immediate need. New staff should be engaged strategically, and time taken to integrate them into your organisational culture. If you need someone immediately, so be it, but be aware of the risks.
Where possible, I recommend my clients move away from position based recruitment all together. Have an open recruitment policy; allow candidates to submit resume's at any time and bring in for interview those candidates who offer value to the organisation and have a strong cultural fit. My policy is that if they will add value to the organisation, I want to hire them, regardless of "openings".
A final thought; your HR department should be working very closely with teams across the organisation. This engagement model means that each team shares the authority for hiring candidates, and, as such, is ultimately accountable for that decision.
Case Studies[edit source]
- Sustaining Happiness Once You Have It
- IT Branch, City of Edmonton - Building an Agile Organisation
- Human Resources versus Human Capital
- How Collaborative Play & Games can enable Human Resources to better support Business Agility
- Do you dare to ask your HR manager to practise Kanban?
- From solo artists to an orchestra; a journey toward playing as an ensemble
- Boost Business Agility with Contemporary HR Practices
- Agile HR – a Game Changer
- A Rapid Approach to Agile Transformation
Further Reading[edit source]
- Selling Agile Across the Enterprise
- Pia-Maria Thorén - There is only intrinsic motivation
- Marsha Z Shenk - Curiosity is Your Silver Bullet
- Human Resources - The Secret to Business Agility
- Fabiola Eyholzer - TalentSumerization The Employee Experience in Agile Enterprises
- Evan's Theory of Agile Constraints
- Creating a Culture of Value through HR
- Agile Reorgs - A Survival Guide
Books & Book Reviews[edit source]
- Renee Troughton on Uncomfortable Conversations and Agile Transformations
- Katy Saulpaugh’s Survival Guide for Agile Reorgs and Culture Change
- Karen Favazza Spencer’s 3 Faces of Environments and How They Affect Work
- Job Interview Techniques for Agile Teams with Jason Tice
- Jason Hall Shares Lithespeed’s Peer-Based Recognition Program
- Amber King Champions Self-Selection for Happy Teams
- Agile HR & People Operations with Fabiola Eyholzer
Supporting Frameworks[edit source]
Join the Agile People, HR and Talent Community[edit | edit source]
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