Agile HR explained in less than 4 minutes

Often, we are asked to explain briefly what Agile HR is all about. That can be hard, as supporting human and organizational agility is a complex matter. At the same time, Agile HR includes a number of very practical tools that are used by HR professionals, managers and teams on a daily basis
12 June 2018
Gidion Peters
HR medewerkers en HR managers overleggen over de inzet van agile en scrum

In order to share both the agile mindset and the hands-on applications that Agile HR entails, we created a new explanimation video. Please enjoy! You can find the script under the video on this page.
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Agile HR – the new role of HR in agile organizations: the script

Agility is no longer a luxury: it might be the most important competence of organizations in our time. This means a fundamental shift in the way we think of HR. This is what we call Agile HR.
An agile organization often works with multidisciplinary, self-organizing teams. These teams can take on traditional HR responsibilities: team members look for job training together, recruit new colleagues together and sometimes even determine each other’s rewards.

All this change in organizations creates opportunities. With Agile HR, organizations are presented with the unique opportunity to make both the organization ánd HR more agile.
The are different way of doing this: if the HR-department is still a separate department, it can start working agile itself. By using Scrum, or Kanban, or Agile Portfolio Management, which visualizes which big HR-projects you work on, and makes transparent why the HR department makes certain decisions. HR will continuously learn and adapt, while collaborating with internal clients and stakeholders. This way, the HR department is always focused on the things that matter.

Then there are traditional HR instruments that are up for renewal. Like Strategic Workforce Planning, in which you make long term plans about the people and skills your organization needs. But that is still based on predictability and is often made in isolation by HR. Instead, you can try ‘Big Room Planning.’ Every 4 months, all teams share their quantitative and qualitative needs for new team members. And will act on it together. With Big Room Planning, managing the available skills and the recruitment of new people has become a responsibility of everyone in the organization.
The last way to implement agility in HR is for HR-professionals to take on new roles. As a ‘purpose-developer’, ‘trend watcher’ or ‘agile coach’, they help teams to improve their way of working, and make colleagues happier. Take the role of ‘Employee Experience Designer’ – someone who’s focused on improving the experience of the employee in the organization. The Employee Experience Designer ensures employees are serviced in a personal and delightful way, at every step on their journey through the organization.

In the end, agility is a way of thinking. It is not about controlling and prescribing, but about sensing and adapting. With a goal of delighting the customer, done by powerful, autonomous and happy teams. HR has a key role in spreading this way of thinking. That is why we wrote the Agile HR book, in which we share Agile HR practices and cases.
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Gidion Peters

Co-founder & agile coach
De wereld van organiseren staat aan de vooravond van grote veranderingen. Ik haal er plezier uit om daar een rol in te spelen: die van innovator. Door het ontwikkelen van nieuwe manieren van denken en werken. Zo help ik leiderschapsteams en organisaties in de VS, Europa en Latijns-Amerika.