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How to attract agile development talent

Sharon Florentine | Sept. 16, 2014
The agile framework for software development brings speed, flexibility and efficiency to IT-focused organisations. But finding and hiring agile talent requires that you shift your outdated mindset and change your hiring practices.

Winquist says two other factors to emphasize in the recruiting and hiring process are customer collaboration and a candidate's ability to respond positively to change.

"These two factors can determine how successfully candidates fit with the principles of agile: Are they collaborative? How often and how positively have they interacted with the customer? Can they show real-world examples of these? It has to go above and beyond their ability to write code," Winquist says.

"You can always train for the technical skills it's so hard to get someone to learn curiosity, critical thinking and have a collaborative attitude," Winquist says. But most importantly, a willingness to accept and embrace change, even at an organization that's just starting to move to an Agile framework, says Enfocus's Parker.

"Even if you're still working toward an agile framework, you have to know that an engineer can feel comfortable at your organization from the moment they walk through the door," he says.

 

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