[Chicago] Two last procratinating questions

Cezar Jenkins emperorcezar at gmail.com
Wed Nov 14 16:47:19 CET 2012

I've found going through this list of questions http://www.basilv.com/psd/blog/2009/100-interview-questions-to-ask-employers and cherry picking a dozen or so can get you a somewhat good idea.

What else I've done is look around and find a current or past employee and ask them about the place.

A shop should have _a_ process, and it shouldn't be straight up SCRUM, XP, or whatever. Each place is different and they should have adapted something to their needs.

I can't find it, but I read a really good article that gave some really good evidence that most places have taken every single step in the agile manifesto and done the exact opposite. The gist was, if you're being dogmatic, then you're already breaking the ideas behind the manifesto.

On Nov 14, 2012, at 9:33 AM, sheila miguez <shekay at pobox.com> wrote:

> The reality is that you'd probably find it difficult to get a shop to
> say that it isn't following agile processes.
> So, when I have this kind of question, it's usually in the context of
> trying to figure out what a place is *really* like. For example, I
> worked at some place that had a morning "stand-up" that was really a
> never ending status meeting.
> You can't just come out and ask a recruiter whether people at their
> company are coding cowboys who break the build all the time like
> maniacs or are "heros" who think they are awesome for fixing something
> at 2 am in a coffee haze in only! 151!1 minutes rather than doing
> things in sensible way to begin with, the jersk.
> So, I dunno, I might ask why they are hiring (high turnover? bad
> sign). What kinds of ci tools they use (clueless answers would be a
> bad sign).
> On Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 8:12 AM, Randall Baxley <rlbax777 at swbell.net> wrote:
>> A few years back I attended a PM meeting at AT & T in Hoffman Estates and
>> then another at Thoughtworks am impressed.  Was just wondering if these
>> processes were used in Python shops.
>> Randy
>> --- On Wed, 11/14/12, sheila miguez <shekay at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Yes, that was also my reaction, which is why I asked for more details.
>> Randall, most places follow agile methodologies (to varying degrees of
>> success). Do you have followup questions?
> --
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