Chris Swenor, co-founder and CEO of East Coast Product, met with the SSC teams on August 11th at WeWork Fort Point to share his experience with the agile methodology. Dave McLaughlin, Boston City Lead for WeWork and SSC Exec Board Member, also joined in on the discussion.
Swenor delved into the ins and outs of the agile methodology, from sprints to managing the backlog and everything in between. He recommended Scrum and XP from the Trenches by Henrik Kniberg and Jeff Sutherland's Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time.
In addition, Swenor shared the four key things he looks for when hiring technical talent:
- Passion - What does an individual do outside of work? Is he or she still working on development projects? Are they passionate about what they do?
- Culture - Does this individual complement your team?
- Intelligence - Is someone able to think through challenging problems critically?
- Skill Level - Skill level is (perhaps) surprisingly relegated to last because an individual can learn new skills if he/she has passion for the area of interest and intelligence.
The Soaring Startup Circle would like to sincerely thank Chris for spending time with the teams to discuss product management at WeWork!