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Scaling Agile and Making Friends Part 2: HR & Technology

Posted by Philippa Hale on Tue, Nov 12, 2019 @ 15:11 PM

This is Part 2 in a blog series exploring how technology communities can improve how they engage with other business functions, collaborate, build trust, create and secure the future of their organisation together. In Part 1 I set the scene. The focus here, in Part 2, is on HR and Technology.  

I am a linguist by background so I notice the specific words people choose to express their interests, needs, frustrations and vision. 

One thing I am very aware of - and really keen for everyone in organisations to think about - is how people in different departments are using the language of agile ways of working, but are not actually joined up. This is key to any scaling of desired ways of working. The old 'silo' thinking, stereotypes, even prejudices, are still there. They are often shockingly strong among people who spend their days deeply focused within their department and their specialist field. This is not because these are people who are naturally prone to prejudice. Far from it. It is well known from the vast literature on prejudice and diversity that once people get to know 'them' - whoever 'they' are - as people, learn their language and culture and achieve jointly owned successes, those prejudices all but disappear. Then the door opens to new levels of collaboration, trust, co-creation becoming the embedded ways of working.

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Topics: Agile HR, cross team collaboration, Technology & HR, HR technology business partner, HR Product Owner

Scaling Agile and Making Friends

Posted by Philippa Hale on Mon, Nov 11, 2019 @ 09:11 AM

 

This is the first of a series of blogs on how Agile and DevOps ways of working are scaling and making their way across the business functions: HR, Finance, Procurement, Technology, Marketing and Sales.

If you are working in technology and making progress with Agile and DevOps ways of working within your own function, you may be looking at ways to work more effectively with other functions across your organisation: HR, finance, procurement, marketing, sales.  Here are some ideas and tips to help you:

1. Make Friends

Over many years of working in the area of inspiring collaboration between functions, I passionately believe that the focus has to be on what you have in common.  Patrick Debois’ keynote talk at the recent DevOpsDays 10th Anniversary in Ghent, was SPOT ON.  He is also passionate about the need to ‘make friends’. By this he means have proper conversations, get to know people as people, ask questions, understand what goes on in their function, learn their language, their needs, constraints, where they are heading.  Watch the video here - (the longer version from AllDayDevOps)  There are so many parallels in thinking and so much we in technology can learn from the other functions.

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Topics: AllDayDevOps, Ways of Working, Agile Finance, Agile Procurement, Agile HR, Agile marketing, Agile sales, DevOpsDays