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  • Scrum: The art of what not to do

    In Jeff Sutherland’s bestselling book, Scrum – The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time, he describes the beauty, simplicity, and discipline of Scrum. I often reference his book to prospective clients and customers when engaging with them. It’s a great read and describes “ho...

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  • Do we still need Scrum Masters?

    A recruiting colleague of mine recently asked me the following question: Hey Bob, QQ–there seems to have been a huge downturn in the last year when it comes to dedicated Scrum Master positions in the area. In your opinion, do companies think that this role can be a shared responsibility now? I...

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  • Aventine Hill Partners Becomes Vaco

    Rebranding follows last year’s acquisition by the Nashville-based talent and solutions firm SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Jan. 7, 2020 – Aventine Hill Partners, San Antonio’s premier advisory, consulting and executive search firm that was acquired by leading global talent and solutions firm Vaco last...

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  • Can relocation help create a positive company culture?

    Believe it or not, a lot of digital ink has been spilled to answer this very question: Can relocation help create a positive company culture?  Vaco often serves as a strategic partner for companies that are either considering relocating their corporate headquarters or expanding to a second loca...

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  • Skills can be learned. Hire for culture

    As you recruit new talent, chances are pretty good that you have a clear job description in mind. And that’s great! You’ll need it. But we also like to remind our clients that skills can be learned. Hire for culture. Let’s face it, the odds are pretty good that your company is always in the [&...

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  • Top Employment Tips to Make 2020 the Best Year Yet

    Okay, you’ve been crafting up your personal New Year’s resolutions, but now let’s focus on how your business is about to be wildly successful in 2020! Here are three key hiring, team building and employment tips that can fuel success: Yes, You Can Hire for Skill, But Don’t Forget the...

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  • Changing our language, changing our minds

    I delivered a lightning keynote at the StarEast conference in May 2019. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s formatted as a 5-minute pitch on any topic you choose. I intentionally went into it without a predetermined talk of our team’s slides. I wanted to see what might inspire me before or duri...

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