Do you have some basic knowledge about Agile but feel unprepared for an interview? Are you eyeing a wonderful opportunity that could be the boost your career needs? Then this post is for you.
Before I start, let me make something clear. This post is not for someone completely new to Agile. Also, it is not suitable for someone without any project management background. If you have a fairly good background in managing projects with an exposure to Agile methods, this post will equip you with some tips for the interview.
Let’s assume you have 2 days to your interview. Here are things you can do on each day that will help your preparation.
Day 1 – A quick overview of best Agile books
I own and read many books on Agile methods. Out of all those, I recommend the following to give you a headstart.
Agile Estimation and Planning
This crisply written book by Mike Cohn takes you by hand into the world of Agile Software Development. He starts with the comparison of Agile methods over traditional project management and goes on to further details. Each chapter is minimally structured so you can read this book very fast. Click here to get a copy of this book.
Scrum : The Art of doing twice the work, in half the time
Scrum is by far the most popular Agile method in use around the world. So it is prudent to get a good overview before you attend the interview. This book is one of the best in market and written by Jeff Sutherland, the co-founder of Scrum methodology. With limited time before your interview, I strongly recommend reading this book. Click here to get a copy of this book.
For other books on Agile, do check our other post – 9 Best Books on Agile.
Day 2 – Glance these websites and blogs
There are tons of excellent resources around the web. It is worth to check them before your interview and understand practical viewpoints on Agile. Here are some of my favorite ones.
- Scrum Alliance – This is an excellent website to learn about Scrum and Agile. They are an organization offering professional Scrum certifications. For excellent articles, check out the member articles and expert perspectives
- Mountain Goat Software Blog – Mike Cohn runs this blog. If you have read his books, I am sure you will appreciate his expertise and command on the subject. Browse through this blog on excellent resources related to Agile Software Development
- Dzone Agile Zone – Dzone is an established community for high-quality tech articles. In the Agile Zone section, you can find excellent resources to help with your Agile learning. Do check them out!
- Leading Agile – This is another quality website on Agile that I regularly follow. Do check our their blog section and it can definitely help with your interview preparation
- Scrumology – I stumbled upon this site while searching for information on Agile Contracts. It has some good articles but doesn’t appear to be frequently updated. Do take a look!
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Hope we gave you some useful information to prepare for your Agile interview. Good luck with everything!