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It’s that time again, happy ALM Wednesday!

Steve and AndrewToday, join experts Steve Borg and Andrew Clear as they walk you through the benefits of agility and how it can improve your business and competitiveness. Don’t miss this practical, informative session.

Outline of Topics:

History, Foundations, and Challenges of Agile and Lean

Business Agility and Competitiveness with Agile Practices

Project Managers as Empowered Agile Leaders

Skill Sets and Mindsets for Agile Continuous Delivery

This exciting LIVE event is streaming NOW and will be running from 9:00am-5:00pm PDT!

There is no cost to attend this session, so jump on right now and start learning!

Registration Page:  http://aka.ms/alm-weds

Event Details:

What if your non-technical leadership—your CTO, CIO, and CEO—discovered that the “agile” you talk about and the business benefits they wish for are the same thing? You want your business on board with your plan, defining agile from top to bottom, so that you (and the business) are no longer frustrated by the limitations of water-scrum-fall. If you want to use agile practices to improve your business resiliency and competitiveness, join us in the fourth session of the popular “ALM Wednesdays” series.

Experts Steven Borg and Andrew Clear, of Northwest Cadence, show you how to scale up proven practices for team agility into a vision that makes sense to your team and to your leadership. They discuss the specific business advantages of agility and the mental shifts needed to make it work, how to overcome a traditional project management structure to enable innovation and speed delivery, and how to put your HR department on the scent of the right mindsets and skill sets to bring agility together. You’ll even get tips and techniques you can take back and implement right away. This practical discussion is sure to be a game-changer. Don’t miss it!

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  • BeyoundBoundary

    Oh no! I missed this one! Was it recorded?

  • James Tupper

    No worries! It is recorded, and will be available roughly two weeks after the session took place. Our blog will be posting links to all the recordings once they’re available, so keep checking back!

  • BeyoundBoundary

    Awesome, cant wait and will check back. Thanks!

  • I especially liked Andrew Clear’s observation that developer job ads are ridiculously specialized. It isn’t uncommon to see requirements for an iSeries (AS/400) programmer that not only want a specific language on that platform, which is unique in itself, but a specific software package and, beyond that, a particular version of that package. Industry experience isn’t typically mentioned.

    I searched once for reassurance I wasn’t alone in my observation, and the closest material found was the book “Smart and Gets Things Done” by Joel Spolsky, published 7 years ago for hiring managers. If you know of anything else supportive please follow-up. I’d like ammunition for when I encounter that brick wall What’s even more frustrating is that often the narrow requirements are passed on to recruiters who have even less a clue.

    Regards,

    Richard Evans

    “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

    -Robert A. Heinlein

  • Amen. It’s crazy that people are looking so deeply for specific technical expertise. The ability to learn quickly and get things accomplished is so much more critical. And even more critical is their ability to effectively work together with a team of people.

    One job I applied for, and got, year and year ago required 7 years of C experience, 7 years of C+ experience, and 7 years of C++ experience… Huh? I told them I was unqualified, as I didn’t have any C+ experience, but that the job poster was even more unqualified since there’s no such language. 🙂

    Bottom line, I believe, is that people just drop a whole bunch of keywords into a job posting because they’re lazy. And they don’t really expect people to have that experience.

    My favorite job posting was from Ernest Shackleton for a North Pole expedition in 1914. He knew what was important, and it wasn’t 7 years experience in tent pitching, and 8 years of experience is making campfires.

    “Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages. Bitter Cold. Long months of complete darkness. Constant danger. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.”