Suman will be presenting the following session
  • Suman Thareja

    Suman Thareja - Why applying design thinking to talent acquisition & management is a game changer

    Suman Thareja
    Suman Thareja
    McKinsey & Company
    schedule 9 months ago
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    45 Mins

    The talent war remains heated, especially for Digital and analytics talent.  But a skills inventory, expanded talent pipeline and cool sourcing can only get managers so far when it comes to hiring.  Hiring & retention programs need design thinking treatment — a human-centric problem-solving approach that explores a wide range of possible solutions, extensive prototyping and testing.   How organizations reimagine hiring and talent management processes in an persona based  talent-centric way that’s delightful is going to be the unlock.  How do we make our processes and experiences engaging?  We live in an experience-based world – and individual customer-centric experience has been the true driver behind massive improvements in key journeys like how we pay taxes, how we order our morning coffee, how we shop online.  However, hiring people – or looking for a job- often still feels like a root canal – complicated and painful. How organizations hire and manage our technology talents will be a key differentiator.

1. What got you started/interested in modern software development methods?

Happen to be "Sent" to an agile conference in 2006.  Learned about scrum for the first them while living and breathing year 3 of a waterfall project as the project manager.  It blew my mind.  I did not trust or believe it would work at first.  Thanks to Ken Rubin and Pete Behrens we started with a small pilot.  And rest was history.

2. Why did you choose the topic(s) you will be speaking about at the conference?

I think people underpin everything in an organization.  Having the right talent in the organization can define you and accelerate you.

3. What are some of the key takeaways from your session(s) at Agile India?

Treat recruiting and hiring as an experience; not a process, not a checklist.  We live in an experience based world - why does finding a job have to be any different.