How to Build an Agile Team

By Shai Shandil / On / In #WhyShaiWhy [Videos], Agile, HR for Agile

To build an Agile team, you’ve got to recruit on skillset, toolset, and mindset. If your applicant is aligned in these three with your team, you’re onto a winner!

So you’ve decided Agile (in one of its many forms) is your chosen way forward for your tech team. Here’s three tips to help you launch in the right direction.

Before you go anywhere or do anything, stop! Your first responsibility in hiring someone into your Agile team is to think about how you can make the idea of joining your team (or continue to be in your team) appetizing to high-demand applicants. Take a moment to pause on this. Essentially you are competing against everyone else who is in need of a superstar employee, so why should they choose you over them?

Second, you have to put people first! After all – the very first line of the Agile Manifesto is “Individuals and interactions over processes and tools”. Think about the kind of person you want to join your team. And I don’t mean in terms of their technical ability – I mean in terms of their personality traits, their experience, their values, their being. I know that sounds crazy, but hiring on attitude over aptitude will not only yield a successful hire, it will also give your team the ability to unlock future potential.

Lastly, think about your recruitment process. This is your opportunity to sell your team. I know that sounds ridiculous – no body sells a job, but if you want top talent, that is exactly what you want to do. You want to highlight to the applicant that your organisation and – more specifically – your team, are total pro’s. This starts with a logical and structured recruitment process and ends with a friction free on-boarding. This is SO hard to do, but I cannot tell you how important it is!

Hiring is usually a painful task. Either you are really busy and need more help and hiring seems like a distraction, or, you have recently lost a team member and you need to re-fill that position, making you feel that the hiring is just mechanical process. I totally agree with my HR colleagues on this, people should be your one and only focus as a leader – and that starts in the hiring process.

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