Your company’s lean/agile transformation needs to include a major overhaul of your talent development practices. The landscape of finding, growing and retaining talented people has changed drastically over the last 10 years and lean practices and an agile mindset only accelerates that change so you need to be prepared?

 

During this session, Rachel Howard and Matt Barcomb will guide you through new ways of finding good people that are better matches for your organization, professionally and culturally as well as more effective ways to grow talent in-house and creative retention methods that better match the needs of the new generation of technologists.

 

Anyone who has traditional “HR responsibility” or is involved with traditional recruiting, hiring, compensating or training will leave this session with fresh ideas and pragmatic practices they can put to use quickly.

 
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  • recruiting
  • interviewing
  • comp & appraisal
  • training & learning
  • exiting

Learning Outcome

In a lean/agile context:

  • find/qualify talent
  • more effective interviewing/evaluation
  • growing talent & developing people
  • compensation, performance & promotion
  • helping folks grow and move on

Target Audience

Anyone who has traditional “HR responsibility” or is involved with traditional recruiting, hiring, compensating or training

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