I’ve been looking at a lot of resumes lately. I like to look at every resume that comes through — briefly — because I don’t really trust resume screens (automated or human). However, there is one resume screen that I have started using that I now wish I could automate. It goes like this:

  1. Open the resume
  2. Search for agile, scrum, and extreme programming
  3. If these terms show up in the skills section AND NOT in any other part of the resume — such as work experience, training or education — delete the resume

To be clear, if none of those terms appeared anywhere in the resume I will continue to look at it.

It is a unfortunate milestone for the agile community that agile can now go alongside CMM and OO as part of the requisite resume boilerplate.

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