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Agile's impact on recruitment

Melbourne’s tech recruitment space hasn’t looked so busy for as long as we can remember. Not that we are complaining!

Over the last 18 months or so we have seen digital transformations truly come to fruition across enterprises large, small, and all sizes in-between.

Every organisation now understands they are a digital business who has a product to offer (whether that be banking, health insurance or retail etc) rather than a ‘digital offering’ purely being an add-on to what was perceived as the core business. The two things that underpin a good digital transformation are good data (which I will talk about at another time) and a good agile transformation.

I am seeing businesses with varying levels of agile delivery maturity, looking to bring in good agile talent to work mainly within Scrum teams and frameworks. Scrum Masters/ Iteration Managers, Agile Business Analysts and good Agile coaches have been some of the most hired roles in Australia during this time.

There are a number of positive reasons why there has been such an emphasis on this type of recruitment, and an initial increased engagement of the contingent workforce.

  • Agile, and particularly the favoured Scrum delivery frameworks, make budgeting very easy. A business can easily work out the cost of each sprint (day rate x the number of team members for the chosen duration of a sprint).

  • There is also a lot of flexibility. As a business is, in theory, being delivered a viable product throughout each iteration, you can consistently assess the quality of the product in relation to what the business and customers need and want. A plan to deliver a product over six, 4-week sprint lifecycles, could actually be delivered in a shorter period of time if the product hits the requirements the business is looking for earlier than expected. Priorities for what is essential in the product to improve the customer experience can be consistently fine-tuned through customer engagement. This is far more difficult to do in a more traditional waterfall delivery environment.

  • Collaboration and cross-selling of skills within a Scrum team is a good way to continuously empower your staff, increase morale and improve the quality of performance. Teams are pushed to be innovative and autonomous within a safe environment, where boundaries can be pushed.

This information is based on my experience over the last two years. Please feel to reach out to me if you are interested in learning more.

Agile is thriving. It is here to stay – and Ambition can help you along this journey.

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