"Extreme Interviewing: Finding the Right People for Your Agile Team"

Who: Lisamarie Babik, Menlo Innovations

When: January 27, 2009

Some Extreme Programming practices — such as paired programming and open and collaborative workspaces — present challenges to the traditional hiring process as most interview candidates have trouble imagining the transition to such an environment. A traditional interview process might yield candidates who are technically competent, yet ill-prepared and perhaps even unwilling to undertake such a dramatic change to their own ideas of software development practices. This is obviously a problem.

Because the existing team needs to work very closely with new hires, using such practices as paired-programming, their participation is central to the selection effort during Extreme Interviewing.

This talk examines how one organization meets those challenges head on with a practice called “Extreme Interviewing.” During this highly interactive session attendees will attend a simulated interview and participate as both interviewers and interviewees.

Speaker Bio

I have nearly 20 years of experience in the software industry spanning several domains including medical oncology, statistical process control, automotive testing, ISO/QS9000 certification, and FDA Pre-Market Notification (510K). I have been working full-time with Agile teams for almost seven years and have presented on the topic extensively at many conferences (including two international conferences). I am also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).