Very's Co-Founder, Ben Wald, recently authored an article for The Enterpriser's Project, "Agile Teams: 5 Signs of a Great Hire."
Having been involved in over 250 Agile product launches in the last eight years, Ben is well-acquainted with the skills necessary for an individual to succeed on an Agile team. Working in IoT — an ever-evolving technology — he also knows what qualities candidates will need for the future, as data privacy and cybersecurity concerns become more and more important.
Here's a quick overview of five things Ben looks for:
1. Data literacy. "It’s more than knowing how to read the numbers; it’s finding meaning within them."
2. Mastery of software tools. "There’s a difference between being able to use a particular suite of software and mastering it, and in today’s job market just using it is not enough."
3. Fluency in security policies. "With more technology and growth comes more regulation and policy from regulatory watchdogs. Professionals with in-depth knowledge of their industry will be needed to assess data sensitivity and regulations with which they must comply."
4. Understanding of psychological biases. "We have a tendency to over-generalize and focus too heavily on narratives, which means we’re not seeing information as clearly or objectively as we think we are. To combat this, you need to leverage metacognition and interrogate your own biases on a regular basis."
5. Grit. "It takes a good amount of grit to see your work take feedback after the 5th, 10th, or 20th iteration and keep your spirits up, but people with that fire are indispensable."