Student QA: Getting Hired in Agile
with Rachel Howard

WRITTEN BY Dave Prior

In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile’s Chief Cultural Officer, Rachel Howard, joins Dave Prior to answer some of the “getting a job” related questions that are frequently asked during the CSM and CSPO classes Dave teaches for LeadingAgile. The topics covered in the interview include: How to get a job if you have little (or no) experience in Scrum, How to make the move from being a team member to being an Agile Coach, as well as some general tips about interviewing at Agile Consulting Companies.

Show Notes

00:08 Interview Starts
00:30 Rachel’s role at Leading Agile
02:33 The surprising thing about trying to establish culture in a virtual organization like LeadingAgile
05:56 Mike’s question – If you are new to Scrum, how to you get over the “minimum experience in Scrum hurdle”
09:46 Finding ways to apply Agile outside of work to get some experience with using the practices
10:48 Why “They won’t let me do Agile here” is not an excuse for not doing it at your current job
11:54 The value of certifications when you are looking for a job in Agile
17:23 If you are applying for a job in Agile and don’t have a basic certification like CSM or CSPO
18:13 Transitioning from working on teams to being an Agile Coach
19:40 Is it better to stay at one job for a long time, or jump around to get different experiences?
20:26 Do you need a coaching certification to be an Agile Coach?
21:26 Advice from Rachel on interviewing: Stuff you should research/know before interviewing for a job at an Agile Consulting company
23:00 The importance of finding a company that matches best with your own personal mission
26:05 How to reach Rachel with additional questions or to find out about working at LeadingAgile

Contacting Rachel:

You can reach Rachel via email at: Rachel.Howard@leadingAgile.com

Contacting Dave

You can reach Dave:
On the LeadingAgile site: www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/
On Twitter at twitter.com/mrsungo
On his personal site at: www.drunkenpm.net

Feedback/Questions

If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com

LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes

For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class.

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