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Use Agile to Supercharge your Job Search

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Accelerate your job search using Agile principles. Presented by Dan Corbin and Alex McCarthy at Product Camp Austin on 2/10/18

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Use Agile to Supercharge your Job Search

  1. 1. ©2017 Navigate Next©2017 Navigate Next USE AGILE TO SUPERCHARGE YOUR JOB SEARCH! Dan Corbin dan.corbin@gmail.com Alex McCarthy alex.mccarthy@navigatenext.com
  2. 2. Advocates Sponsors In Kind Supporters
  3. 3. ©2017 Navigate Next • It’s hard to know where to begin 4 Job Search Challenges • Job searches can be overwhelming Photo Credit Photo Credit
  4. 4. ©2017 Navigate Next My job search stalled until I took an agile approach: ● Explore the options and define the goal ● Plan out the milestone, then break down each step ● Keep iterating to achieve each goal ● Conduct periodic assessments ● Prepare for launch! 5 Supercharge
  5. 5. ©2017 Navigate Next • Break work down 6 5 Agile Principles • Make work transparent • Work iteratively • Adapt to changing priorities • Periodically reflect on how to improve Sprint Planning Backlog Grooming Daily Standup Sprint Review Retrospective
  6. 6. ©2017 Navigate Next 7 5 Agile Principles
  7. 7. ©2017 Navigate Next 8 Hybrid Agile Process Discover Design Develop Release Software Explore Target Network Negotiate Job Search
  8. 8. ©2017 Navigate Next 9 Agile Networking NetworkTarget Negotiate Sprint 1 Wk 1 Wk 4Wk 3Wk 2 Wk 1 Wk 4Wk 3Wk 2 Sprint… 1Sprint 2 Wk 1 Wk 4Wk 3Wk 2
  9. 9. ©2017 Navigate Next • Focus on your networking goals – Prioritize your companies – Get in front of hiring managers • Create a new sprint plan for each sprint (4 weeks) • Define your high level goals for this sprint. • After completing the sprint plan – Create scorecard for first week of sprint – Update target company and people lists 11 Sprint Planning
  10. 10. ©2017 Navigate Next 12 Sprint Planning Example Date: July 4 Job Transition Goal: Start my new job by Jan 15th Sprint Theme: Focus on regional hospitals Process Improvements: Update target lists on Mondays and Thursdays Key activities or milestones for this sprint: Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Prep for key meeting with ACME HM next week Complete CSPO and add to LinkedIn profile Annual meeting of local chapter Short week due to vacation Find and attend another meetup this sprint Quarterly business review at work Review previous meetings and contacts to re-engage Key performance indicators for this sprint: KPI Target Notes Complete company researches 8 At least 2 per week Identify HMs and Influencers 4 HMs, 10 Influencers Have networking meetings/calls 12 3 per week Get new contact referrals 24 Average 2 per meeting/call Attend meetups, happy hours, etc. 3 PT, High Tech, one general TBD Complete training CSPO by week 2 Continue SQL online course
  11. 11. ©2017 Navigate Next • Stay focused and flexible • Create a new weekly scorecard for each week. • Weekly scorecard time to: • Update and review the scorecard from the previous week. • Decide on priorities and activities for next week. • Capture any key ideas, takeaways, activities, results, information that will help with retrospective • Create new weekly scorecard. • Update target company and people lists. 14 Sprint Execution using Weekly Scorecards
  12. 12. ©2017 Navigate Next 15 Sprint Execution Example Date: July 4 Job Transition Goal: Start my new job by Jan 15th Key activities: Prep for ACME hiring manager meeting Key Performance Indicators: KPI Target Notes Complete company researches 2 Sprint target is 8. 5 completed Identify HMs and Influencers 1 HMs, 3 Influencers HM at ACME Have networking meetings/calls 5 Great availability this week Get new contact referrals 10 Average 2 per meeting/call Attend meetups, happy hours, etc. 1 High Tech Top 10 Target Companies / Orgs Research / PoV Complete HM / Org Identified HM Warm Intro HM call / meeting scheduled HM call / meeting completed Notes or Next Steps ACME 7/15 7/18 8/5 8/8 8/21 XYZ 7/18 7/25 8/5 8/8 8/21 Mom and Pop 8/1 8/7 8/17 United Int’l 8/8 8/15 … United Int’l 8/8 8/20
  13. 13. ©2017 Navigate Next • Review: – Weekly scorecard – Target company & people lists • Set actions to complete that day • If something is blocking progress then 1. Identify what it is 2. A resource to help 3. Engage immediately 16 Daily Standup
  14. 14. ©2017 Navigate Next • Step up out of execution mode and view from higher level. • Review your sprint plan, weekly scorecards and activities. • Retrospective – Capture: Went well, not so well – Decide: start, stop, continue – Do! 18 Sprint Review and Retrospective
  15. 15. ©2017 Navigate Next 19 Sprint Review and Retrospective Example Date: July 4 Job Transition Goal: Start my new job by Jan 15th Sprint Theme: Focus on regional hospitals Key Performance Indicator (KPI) results: KPI Target Actual Result Notes Complete company researches 8 6 At least 2 per week Complete company PoVs 4 4 At least 1 per week Identify HMs and Influencers 4 HMs, 10 Influencers 7 HMs, 8 Influencers Have networking meetings / calls 12 15 3 per week Get new contact referrals 24 16 Average 2 per meeting/call Attend meetups, happy hours, etc. 3 4 PT, High Tech, one general TBD Investigate industry trends 2 0 AI/ML in healthcare, mobile adoption Complete training CSPO by week 2 CSPO TBD Continue SQL online course
  16. 16. ©2017 Navigate Next 20 Sprint Review and Retrospective Example Date: July 4 Job Transition Goal: Start my new job by Jan 15th Sprint Theme: Focus on regional hospitals Key activities, milestones, trends, takeaways, insights from this sprint: - Identifying hiring managers is easier than influencers - CSPO takes more time per week. Schedule accordingly - Getting consistently great feedback on attitude and organization Retrospective: What went well? A) Sprint planning. B) Identifying and addressing blocking issues What didn’t go well? A) Underestimated amount of time needed for follow ups What can we do differently? A) Have more coffees back-to-back Future: What is going to continue? Core process What is going to stop? Not following up within 36 hours What will be different? Estimate only three follow ups for every 30 minute
  17. 17. ©2017 Navigate Next • Find collaborators – Launch Pad Job Club • Take advantage of training opportunities – How to Get Into Product Management Bootcamp – The Product League • Step by step, stick with it 21 Putting It All Together
  18. 18. ©2017 Navigate Next 22 Recommended Job Search Process
  19. 19. ©2017 Navigate Next 23 Additional Resources
  20. 20. Advocates Sponsors In Kind Supporters
  21. 21. ©2017 Navigate Next For soft copies of templates, sign sign-up sheet or email Alex. 25 Q&A Dan Corbin dan.corbin@gmail.com Alex McCarthy alex.mccarthy@navigatenext.com

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