Hiring Agile Teams


With Mitch Lacey, CST®

Mitch Lacey shared his views on hiring great Agile teams! Building great Agile software development teams is challenging using traditional hiring methods. Candidates might be able to answer your questions and prove C++ skills, but what you really want are people who are competent and capable, who will work well with others, and who fit with your Scrum team. Immersive interviewing is the best way I know to hire for Agile software development teams, or for any other position in your organization. And, like all good Agile practices, it begins and ends with the team.


mitchlacey.pngMitch Lacey is an Agile practitioner and trainer and author of the popular book The Scrum Field Guide, Agile Advice for Your First Year and Beyond. With more than 10 years of Agile experience and 18+ years managing projects, Mitch's well-rounded approach is suitable to any business. Companies that trust Mitch for his knowledge include Microsoft, Oracle, Bio-Rad, Costco, DemonWare, Morningstar, Qualcomm, Salem Health, SAP, and more.

As a Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST®), PMI Project Management Professional (PMP), and Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP), Mitch shares his experience in project and client management through Scrum Alliance® Certified Scrum courses, Agile coaching engagements, conference presentations, blogs, and white papers.

He has repeatedly presented at conferences, including the Agile Alliance conferences, the Better Software Conference, and the SQE Agile Development Practices conferences. He has managed tracks for the Agile Alliance conference since 2008 and was the conference chair for Agile2012 and Agile2014.

He has published many papers, including “Adventures in Promiscuous Pairing,” “Transitioning to Agile: Key Lessons Learned in the Field,” "The Impacts of Poor Estimating — and How to Fix It," a variety of papers for Microsoft, and "Immersive Interviewing — Building Great Agile Software Teams." Mitch served on the Board of Directors for Agile Alliance (2011–2012) and Scrum Alliance (2010–2011, 2014).

He has published many papers including “Adventures in Promiscuous Pairing”, “Transitioning to Agile: Key Lessons Learned in the Field”, "The Impacts of Poor Estimating - & How to Fix It", a variety of papers for Microsoft and "Immersive Interviewing - Building Great Agile Software Teams".

Mitch served on the Board of Directors for the Agile Alliance (2011-2012) and the Scrum Alliance (2010-2011, 2014).