An Agile Approach to Your Job Search

PMI Houston Chapter

Chizzy is a Senior IT Project Manager in Houston.

I recently shared how to apply A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) principles to your job search project. Now, I want to take a different perspective and look at an agile approach to your search! Let’s get started…

A very simple definition of agile is: “relating to or denoting a method of project management, used especially for software development, that is characterized by the division of tasks into short phases of work and frequent reassessment and adaptation of plans.” For the sake of this project, note that:

  • Project scope: The scope of this project is simple: Find (good) employment.
  • Final product to be delivered: Employment that meets the product owner’s satisfaction.

The Agile Roles
In any agile team, there are three major roles:

  1. Product owner
  2. Scrum master
  3. Team

…and the ideal team size is usually three to nine people, committed to delivering the defined scope of the project (in this case, finding (good) employment).

In this project, where we do not have the luxury of numerous resources, we will need to be extremely creative as we try to navigate multiple roles with limited resources.

In this case, you (the job seeker) will need to wear multiple hats:

  • Hat 1—Product owner: In this role, you have the vision for your job search. You know what the product …

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