Our pub has been running weekly for a month now, so time for a retrospective, plus tips on how YOU can set up rich, engaging and energizing knowledge share forums that people enjoy and come back to.Read More
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I have just had the luxury of some ideas-sharing sessions over a coffee this week, with some trusted contacts in both HR and Technology. We kicked off the conversations using a line from one of the articles that I linked to Part 2 of this blog.Read More
Topics: Ways of Working, Transformational Leadership, Agile HR, cross team collaboration, Technology & HR, HR technology business partner, HR Product Owner, coaching, agile coaching, career management, agile at scale
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.Read More
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
Evolution in business is at the heart of what we do here at Ranger4. We devote a lot of our time to helping clients harness new, more efficient ways of working. From tightening processes and cultivating new working cultures, to speeding up service elements and helping you delight your customers - we put a premium on high performance development.
I’ve been observing a pattern for quite some time now with my clients that in 2017 I referred to as BizIT - that is, these conversations about Ways of Working* have been seeping out of the technology teams and into ‘the business’. It’s digital disruption that is driving the global evolution towards these ways of working that are characterised by:
- Incremental change to reduce risk and create fast feedback loops
- Small, dedicated, autonomous, cross-functional, multi-functional teams
- Long lived product centric thinking, unlearning project centric habits
- Empowerment, participation and peer-review
- Breaking dependencies, impediment removal and streamlining processes
- End-to-end, value stream thinking and experimentation
- Focus on customer delight and the delivery of value outcomes
- Increasing throughput and stability as equal forces
Topics: Ways of Working
At the DevOps Enterprise Summit this week in London Gene Kim drew the audience's attention to the concept of 'scenius'; the communal form of genius. A term coined by musician Brian Eno, it counters 'The Lone Genius Myth'; the belief that innovation comes from a few great chosen ones. Eno defines it as:Read More
The fourth London DevOps Enterprise Summit kicked off in London today and the CEO of the DevOps Institute, Jayne Groll, talked about ITIL4 and SRE. Jayne asserted that value is only created when you use a service and that service management is still relevant - this hasn’t changed in DevOps. It will always need to be managed but the way it is managed is different in DevOps.Read More