In this episode we talk about “odd ball” questions, and games you can play in your interviews to find great Scrum Masters. Wayde also asks Vasco one of those odd ball questions. Find out what happens and learn great questions and the process for the perfect recruiting interview.
Steve tells us a story about a most unlikely candidate for the Scrum Master position. How he was part of the interview process and what made him think this unlikely candidate would be a great Scrum Master. A very inspiring story about what Scrum Masters need to be successful.
Steve also shares his ideas on how to interview Scrum Masters to be sure you are hiring the right candidates.
About Steve Hoyler
Steve Holyer serves as advocate, trainer and mentor for companies looking for a better ways of working, using Agile practices in a productive, fulfilling, and fun way.
He learned his craft serving as a Scrum Master with multiple teams and organisations, so he knows how to change an organisation from the inside. Steve now serves as an indie-label Agile Coach-for-Hire. He’s passion lies with coaching managers and teams to find ways to do software better.
You can contact Steve Hoyler on twitter, and find Steve Hoyler on LinkedIn. For more, check his Lift Off workshop.
Scrum Masters are above all change agents. In this episode we discuss a model for change agents, and how to look out for Scrum Masters that can play that role when recruiting.
About Francesco Attanasio
Francesco Attanasio is an Agile practitioner, Certified Scrum Professional® (CSP) and Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM), Developer, Trainer, Reader, Dreamer and Runner.
He’s now been working as Scrum Master for more than 3 years. Having worked so far as Scrum Developer and Scrum Master in several teams, Francesco has fieldwork experience of how Scrum can be implemented with success. He provides Lean/Agile/Scrum training and coaching to Product Owners, Scrum Masters and Development Teams.
You can find Francesco Attanasio on twitter. You can also find Francesco Attanasio on LinkedIn, and in the Scrum Alliance website.
We all want to ace the Scrum Master interview. It can land us a job at that great company, or open the door for a future career. But is that how we should look at the interview? What about the recruiter, should she hire a person that passes the interview test with flying colors? Stefano tells us the story of a Scrum Master that aced the interview, but failed the test.
About Stefano Porro
Stefano is from Turin, Italy. He has worked since 2001 in IT projects and he feels lucky because he does what he loves. He learned about Scrum in 2007 when the company where he was working decided to adopt Scrum. For the first two years he was part of a Scrum team, and he was fascinated from the role of the Scrum Master because he always loved to help team’s members. For him, becoming a Scrum Master, was a natural evolution.
There’s often an unspoken pressure to recruit fast. But how to achieve it? Neil tells us about his very own checklist of topics to cover in the recruiting process. He also shares how his views on the recruiting process changed drastically over his years of experience, and why it is so important to find people that don’t fit your culture.
About Neil Killick
Neil has been a software professional for over 18 years, mostly as a developer, before moving to management. He spent the last 5 years being a passionate Agile, Lean and Scrum coach, trainer and practitioner. Neil cares deeply about creating enjoyable, authentic workplaces in which human potential can thrive.
You can connect with Neil Killick on twitter. Neil Killick’s blog.
The most important recruitment question for Scrum Masters, how the brain influences team performance, how the “cheapest” is not always the best solution, and finally a question of character. These are just some of the topics that will help you improve the way you interview Scrum Masters, and other team members.
If there is one word summing up Henrik Mårtensson, it is “curious”. Henrik is a systems thinker, strategy methodologist, process improvement consultant, project manager, author, and trick photographer. In 2014 he built a network organisation for photography and media production from scratch, to more than 200 people. He is kind to strangers, but has made friends dive off cliffs.
You can follow Henrik Mårtensson on Twitter and read Henrik Måretensson’s blog where he shares his ideas and breakthroughs in the field of Agile, Theory of Constraints and management in general.
Recruiting interviews are the bread and butter of the recruiting process for many organizations. However, if you have a candidate that aces the recruiting interview, does that that mean that he or she would be a good hire? Knowing how to answer interview questions is not the same as knowing how to solve real-life problems. Nicolas shares his ideas on how to change the interview process to focus on what matters.
About Nicolas Umiastowski
Nicolas is 40 year old. He is a a French agile coach, specialized in Scrum and Kanban with a strong experiences in Digital and web projects.
He likes Design thinking, storyboarding (especially paper prototypes), getting real feedback from real users, and helping the team to reach symbiosis, and to find meaning in what they do. He is absolutely passionate about agility, but aware that depending on the context (as a consultant), agility can be different from one company to another.
You can find Nicolas Umiatowski on twitter, and follow his blog in french: Nicolas Umiatowski in french.
Andy discusses how hard it is to hire, and how we must constantly help Scrum Masters grow in their practice. Even if the Scrum Master is doing a good job (and also because of it), the teams will evolve. The style of the Scrum Master must then match that team evolution.
About Andy Deighton
Andy has over 20 years of development experience in Smalltalk and Java, and is now a Scrum Master at Bright Interactive, based in Brighton on the south coast of the UK. He’s a former professional photographer and budding songwriter. You can find Andy Deighton on twitter. Connect with Andy Deighton in LinkedIn.
Recruiting is not easy, but when you are recruiting for an offshore team you face even more problems. How to select the right candidate? The role of language in the relationship with the client, and how to handle multiple cultures are also topics in this episode. Teams face cultural barriers, and remote stakeholders. In this offshore context recruiting is not easy.
Jeff Kosciejew shares his own, hard-earned, experience on how to hire great people. Including how to know in advance what skills you need, using conversation as a way to filter out candidates that are a bad fit and the Agile Coaching Competency framework. His most important question in recruiting interviews is one he asks himself: “will this Scrum Master fit our culture?”
Jeff is a consummate generalist, with experience in a wide variety of industries in a wide variety of roles. Throughout all of his experience, Jeff has had enjoyed success through a single focus on enabling and empowering those he works with, even before being introduced to Agile and Scrum.
You can find Jeff Kosciejew on twitter, and reach Jeff on LinkedIn.