EP 182 - What Will You Bring
May 23, 2021
Too many agilists seek out bank jobs and pretend they are going to innovate and advance the craft. When you go to banks, you ask questions like "what is the salary, comp, vacation: or "what do the opportunities for advancement look like:". The right question is "what can I innovate, build or change". That's how you blow the roof off
I say often - it's possible people won't get you, and that's ok. You really want to focus on the places and the people that do.
How ever, no matter where you seek work, you have to take the focus off of YOU
Stop worrying about what you will GET, and instead focus on what you will build.
When all you ask is about the benefits that will accrue to you - salary, benefits, perks, vacations, titles, opportunities - you appear self-interested, reward-based and rather insensitive to the needs of your prospective client or employer
This is the best time to look for FIT. The worst thing you can do is choose a job JUST because they're offering you one. It helps if you're excited about the thing you can build for them, and they're excited about the prospect of working with you.
If you do this, even the most challenging, big-box agile jobs can be fun and offer plenty of challenge and self-development opportunity.
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