Agile HR Manifesto

by Alex Kudinov

Interested In an Agile HR Class?

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Lucia Baldelli  Good morning. Good afternoon. Good evening, everyone. I’m really happy to be here again with Karen to talk about Agile HR. What’s our topic for today, Karen?

Karen Bruns  Thank you, Lucia. Our topic for today is the Agile Manifesto specifically for HR. 

Lucia Baldelli  Oh, wow. What is that about? 

Karen Bruns  It’s about Agile for HR, it solely focuses on the people piece. Now, the Agile Manifesto that we’ve all come to know and love does talk about the people piece. However, the Agile for HR manifesto takes it a little bit deeper. It takes a look at things like collaborative networks, transparency, adaptability, inspiration, and engagement, intrinsic motivation and ambition. What’s interesting about this is these are the six values that Agile for HR looks at the Agile Manifesto looks at four specific values that we know about. 

Now, when we look at the Agile for HR Manifesto, the thing that I think that I like the best about it is, it’s got you the things on the left that we value more than the things on the right. It doesn’t mean we don’t need the things on the right. So let me share with you some of the things on the right, as I tell you, if we have the things on the left, we don’t necessarily need the things on the right. So for Agile for HR, it speaks of collaborative networks, which if we have we don’t necessarily need hierarchical structures. If we have transparency, we don’t necessarily need secrecy. If we have adaptability, there’s not a great need for prescriptiveness. Because we can adapt and we can become truly agile organizations. If there are inspiration and engagement, flitting about your people, there isn’t a need for focusing necessarily on management and retention, because if you’ve got an inspired person who is engaged, they’re going to stay, right, bottom line. If you focus on intrinsic motivation over extrinsic rewards, you really get to the heart of what the person needs and wants, in their career. And ambition over obligation…can you imagine an entire organization of ambitious people who were excited to come engaged and didn’t feel obligated that they had to be there? That was just one of the ways. 

Lucia Baldelli  So, yeah…and I feel like, already, there’s so many practical tools and things that participants will be able to take away and just implement them the next day.

Karen Bruns  That’s true. As you know, in our first class, we had some really great success with some of the teams that were there, having an opportunity to just take the things that they learned in the class and be able to implement it the very next day, and then they would come back and tell us how it went. And with each time they were amazed how easy some of these things were to implement. So yeah, I’m excited for our next round of classes.

Lucia Baldelli  I’m excited too! Thanks for sharing these thoughts today.

Karen Bruns  Thanks so much, Lucia. We’ll see you next time.

Lucia Baldelli  See you