So when SHOULD you hire?
November 21, 2022Only hire after identifying your constraints, and determining that a new person is the likely solution.
If a large number of companies suffer from hiring too many people, how do you know when you should hire someone?
I have a process I like to follow, that’s pretty simple to describe, but of course a lot harder to actually do.
- Make your constraints visible.
- Identify the biggest constraint(s) in your process.
- Work to eliminate or mitigate these constraints given the resources and people you currently have.
- If, and only if, you determine that adding new skills, or new human capacity is actually likely to mitigate your constraint, then hire.
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