People over Process: Key Challenges in Agile Development

Keywords people over process agile development agile methods pair programming agile compliant performance
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Specific recruiting practices : At company L, job applicants must refactor a piece of code and develop a set of user stories and acceptance tests based on an interview with a fictional customer.
Team recruiting Company A monitors applicants during a two-hour “iteration” documenting user stories, estimating, prioritiz­ing, developing, and refactoring. The company tests them with a stand-up meeting after one hour and a retrospective after two. This mode of recruiting quickly exposes an applicant’s lack of technical and social skills.

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Why should we focus on the people challenges in agile methods?
1. The popularity of agile methods:
- Agile methods are fast becoming the adopted development methodology commercially.
- Agile methods are increasingly applied in environments outside their comfort zone .

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