Agile HR is here to stay, and has transformed the way I work. Gone are the days when HR practitioners were autocrats on employees and processes. Instead of a “we know best” approach, we’ve moved to become facilitators of success. It’s taught me to become comfortable in collaborative environments and adept at dealing with ambiguity.
As a digital agency, we have hundreds of high-performing, highly-skilled people at our fingertips, and before we adopted Agile methods, the HR team had not once asked any of them what they wanted from their People Team to help drive the organisation forward.
Solving the problem of no shared strategy
Beyond is experiencing fantastic levels of growth. But until this year, there was no global people planning, no shared people structure or people strategy across our four studios worldwide. Instead, everyone worked in successful silos. We want to harmonise ways of working across all studios and all disciplines. And it was the responsibility of the People Team to work out how we would do so, in a business that does not celebrate hierarchies.
Our first step was to organise our first “People Summit” – a four-day bootcamp – with all senior HR and operations team members across all four offices, to identify how to drive the organisation forward.
We saw this as an opportunity to demonstrate that a joined-up strategy can be flexible enough to allow for the speed of change, and work as a collaborative programme. Our goal was to create a comprehensive global strategy for HR, and to have discussed our approach to key topics such as Diversity & Inclusion.
In order to give the four days the flexibility it required, the agenda was pulled together in the style of a physical Kanban board – a work and workflow visualisation tool.
Everyone was asked to share their expectations for the week at the start, and these were used for a check out on the final day. Our days started with stands ups and retrospectives, along with an overall retrospective on the last day with commitments and next steps. This way of working reflects the way that creative teams undertake projects in the studio, and fits especially well with our business.