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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