Agile Talent Management (Part 1)

Southern Alberta Chapter

Mike Griffiths is a consultant and trainer who help organizations improve performance through shared leadership, agility and (un)common sense. He maintains the blog LeadingAnswers.com.

Talent management is the science of human resource planning to improve business value. It includes the activities of recruiting, retaining, developing and rewarding people along with workforce planning.

From an agile perspective, much of what we do on agile projects helps with talent management. We encourage empowered teams and give people autonomy over how they work, which improves satisfaction and motivation. We also promote knowledge sharing through a variety of collaborative practices that reduce the impact to the team of people leaving.

However, these measures only address some recommendations for talent management. This article examines the ideas and project implications of the other recommendations. First, let’s examine why talent management is important and understand the labor cost versus opportunity cost differential.

Recruiting costs
If we lose a team member and need to replace them, a job posting needs to be created and sent out to agencies and online forums. We then need to sift through replies and come up with a short list of candidates to consider further.

Next comes reviewing candidates with the project manager, arranging interviews, interviewing candidates (preferably with team involvement), following up on references, salary negotiations and hopefully finally hiring someone.

I went through this recently for a developer on a software …

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