Agile Transformations Beyond the Team: Engaging HR and Finance in Our Agile Journey

Agile transformations are usually focused on our IT organizations. As change agents, we've become adept at changing our software teams but we often experience resistance when talking with groups outside of IT - in particular HR and Finance. If your people systems use carrots and sticks and your company funds projects, not teams, your transformation won't see its maximum benefit and may flounder. In this talk, I'll discuss how to engage HR and Finance teams to bring them along the agile path. We'll cover common challenges and how to address them. And I'll provide you with talking points and practical actions you can take immediately to start making changes to your whole company and effect transformations beyond your teams.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

Spirit animal exercise - 5-10 minutes. A link to the exercise is here: http://www.velocitypartners.net/blog/2017/08/01/spirit-animals-agile-exercise/

Discussion on engaging HR - 20-25 minutes
* Current challenges
* HR of the Future
* List of resources

Discussion on engaging Finance - 10-15 minutes
* Current challenges
* Creating an Agile-aware Finance team
* Innovation Options
* List of resources

Q&A - 5 minutes

Learning Outcome

Attendees will learn about why our HR and Finance teams may resist agile transformation efforts and why we need to engage those groups. They'll leave with resources and talking points to bring to those departments and action plans on what they can do to start working to transform them to support an agile framework.

Target Audience

Change agents looking for improve the whole system - including HR and Finance - not just IT.

Prerequisite

Participants should have some experience with agility and being a change agent. And a desire to see some positive change in their organizations to help their agile transformation succeed.

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  • George Dinwiddie
    By George Dinwiddie  ~  1 month ago
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    I cannot access the slides.

    • Bill DeVoe
      By Bill DeVoe  ~  1 month ago
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      I posted a new link. The new presentation includes some changes learned at Agile 2017, but this is the most recent set of slides.


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