When you're building a team, we normally think of the roles as Senior Developer or Web Designer and then search and filter accordingly. While these roles are important, they miss the question: "who's your Murdock?". There are a number of more subtle roles that balance a team making it effective. This presentation will identify the more common roles and how to detect and recruit appropriately.

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Great enthusiastic talk with accurate analogies!

Loved the comparaison with the A-Team. It gives a great insight of the type of people you need on a team. Great presentation.
By the way thanks a lot! now I got the urge to watch the A-Team! ;-)

Great talk, very entertaining. Nice way to categorize the different kind of people you can get on a team. I would had like a little more on how to recruit them.

Keith certainly did a great job of relating the A-Team to development teams. Man ... I can't believe the crap that we used to watch on tv.

Very entertaining!!! Probably the funiest talk at confoo. There was some very interesting analogies covered.

So funny! And so true! Good job!

It was entertaining and funny, but I have to say that there were times where the analogy was wearing a little thin... Faceman doing the hiring??? WAT. That's a recipe for disaster, in real life.

Maybe the idea that team members can be a mix of those stereotypes (that's really what the are) can be discussed also. There's a continuum of personalities between a Baracus and a Murdock.

But all in all it was good fun and another filter through which one can look at software teams.

I finally found myself what everybody tell me... I'm Murdock. \o/
Despite some very few kind of hard to grasp roles (like Faceman hiring, someone mentioned before), it is a good recipe of how you should envision your team and what to expect when hiring people.
Some of the roles could be played by not only one, but multiple players or even a single person on A-team could represent multiple people in your team.

Anyway, I spoke too much and forgot to evaluate the talk. It was a great presentation, one of the best I saw at ConFoo... you truly deserve 5 stars.