Agile Transformation – How can Human Resources add value?
Updated: Mar 1, 2020
To compete and be relevant in today’s quick-paced and ever-evolving world, organizations must find and deploy new ways of working to deliver value-added products/ services that address their customers’ pains and needs.
The way that most organizations are doing this is by becoming increasingly Agile, which requires a shift to a Lean-Agile mindset and culture throughout the organization.
Culture is made of the values and set of behaviors that define how things get done in an organization. It steers and guides individuals to act appropriately and make the choices that advance the organization’s strategy.
By ignoring culture, organizations risk transformation failure.
Although there is no one single winning-agile culture, an agile culture will typically include the following defining elements:
It promotes an external, rather than an internal, focus
It promotes delegation over control
It encourages boldness over caution
It emphasizes more action and less planning
It values collaboration more than individual effort
Human Resources departments are accountable for the people agenda and need to play a pivotal role in transforming and enabling the organization to embrace agility.
An Agile approach requires Human Resources to reconsider the way they support and enable the organization.
It will demand, for example:
Moving from a support department to an empowering agent of the Agile transformation roadmap
Moving towards embedding Agile competencies and capability in the organization through attracting, developing and retaining qualified talent
Moving from concentrating on individuals to focusing on teams
Moving from hierarchical, fixed organization structures to team-based, networked and flexible organization structures
Moving from motivating employees extrinsically to leaning more towards intrinsic motivators
Moving from annual individual performance appraisals to continuous team-based feedback.
Is your organization undergoing a transformation and looking to become more Agile?
Are you considering such an initiative but do not know where to start?
Have you tried to change your culture and found obstacles and resistance along the way?
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