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Jared Richardson works at Logos Technologies As a recognized expert in the software industry, Jared has worked with both start-ups and software giants. He's been involved with various open source projects, with roles from contributor to founder. Jared co-authored the best selling book Ship It! and Career 2.0, and founded the Agile RTP user group as a local outlet for the agile community in North Carolina. His personal blog is Agile Artisans Jared has posted 52 posts at DZone. You can read more from them at their website. View Full User Profile

The Blue Angles Model: Attracting and Retaining Top Talent

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A few weeks ago in Atlanta a class attendee told me about an idea she'd been considering. A "Blue Angels" style dev group at large companies. The more she talked about it, the more the idea sounded exciting.

You set up an elite team of developers, but, like the famous Blue Angels, you force people out of it after a time. This prevents developers from stratifying, and also gives everyone at the company a shot at making the team next year.

It's an exciting way for a large company to both foster excellence and spread that expertise back to the rest of the company. This is an idea worth pursuing.

Read more about it on Blue Angels for Corporate America? by Laura Moore. I expect to see more good ideas here in the future.

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