The composition of the IT team is critical to the many deliveries made by the team. The IT team is very much like the midwife bringing many “treasures” into the world much wanted by the corporate parents. IT teams, like midwives, should be selected carefully.
Busy IT managers are often pressured to limit the recruitment process to structured interviews and reference checking. The references process is often undermined as the current employer can not be contacted (notice has not yet been given).
This selection process can lead to trying to fit round pegs in square holes. The cost in terms of team morale, wasted time, poor productivity and potential redundancy costs make this “short cut” an expensive option.
Some participants* in our better practice study have found there are better ways…