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Interviewing for Agile Teams Podcast

Team dynamics can dramatically affect team performance, so staffing teams well is a critical success factor.  Rob Myers, an Extreme Programming coach, has recorded a podcast "Interviewing Techniques for Staffing Lean-Agile Teams."

Thinking and communication skills are at least as important as technical ability - it's important to assess how they learn.  Myers' approach involves paired programming (whether the team uses paired programming or not). He feels that it provides a good simulated environment within which to assess the candidate’s confidence, technical competence, and communication skills. 

It's important to remember that interviewing is a two-sided experience. Myers also mentions a technique called "Extreme Interviewing" which is like his paired programming approach taken to a massive level. In addition to the chance to interview lots of people all at once, Extreme Interviewing also gives interviewees a taste of the “bull pen” phenomenon – working in a noisy room – that usually takes place in small Agile teams. 
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