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Wednesday, August 8 • 10:45 - 12:00
The Positive Impact of a Great Agile First Impression (Zach Bonaker)

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Have you found new team members take months getting up to speed with the rest of the team? Do you wonder about their engagement and happiness in a new place of work? Do newly hired people lack interest in the organization’s mission?
Many agile organizations struggle with these questions. Perhaps we’re still getting people off on the wrong foot with some details of our hiring and onboarding practices. These often overlooked, easily forgotten practices have a big impact on engagement and culture. Your hiring process can catalyze excitement for the company mission. Agile-appropriate onboarding quickly harmonizes the team and quickly returns them to productivity.
This talk for team members, managers, and change agents examines the positive impact hiring and onboarding practices can have on agile transformation. Using real world examples from successful agile companies, the session shares a mixture of new principles and practices audience members can experiment with. Additionally, the content is wrapped in systems thinking to increase knowledge for organizational change.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognize how agile helps us transform hiring and onboarding.
  • Formulate hiring and/or onboarding practices that increase engagement.
  • Identify useful principles for getting new team members to a productive place quickly.
  • Explain practices which create inclusion, excitement, and satisfaction when bringing new people into an organization.


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Zach Bonaker

Benevolent Trouble-Maker, Walmart Labs
Zach Bonaker is a "benevolent trouble-maker" based in San Diego, California, USA and has more than 10 years of experience assisting software organizations with improving working conditions and results. With experience guiding Fortune 500 companies to multi-million dollar startups... Read More →

Wednesday August 8, 2018 10:45 - 12:00 PDT
Marriott Salon 5