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.Read More