Do we have a “Fit for Purpose” mindset for our people?

Teams and organizations have been struggling to align the mindset of people with the values and principles that are advocated by the Lean-Agile community. This challenge has been mainstream in the Lean-Agile community for close to a decade. Yet, success has been hard to come by.

One of the critical success factors is to understand your people who make the team or the organization - the purpose of why they are part of the organization! An understanding of this and then deriving an approach that aligns to that purpose will have far better receptivity and acceptance by the team.

In this talk, we discuss a two pronged approach that we have taken in our own organization. First, a macro approach that helps understand your people, their purpose of why they are with the organization, how they view the organization's ability to match to their purpose. All stated purposes may not be aligned to the organization's thought process. This approach helps you to recognize which of these purposes are underserved or overserved by the organization, which of them the organization would like to encourage or discourage and create an actionable strategy accordingly. We have used this approach in our organization for some time and we will share the outcome from our approach.

The second approach helps understand the every individual is unique. They have a unique orientation(s). We explore well-published research by Prof Derr of BYU and how it can be used in aligning the organization's mindset with its people mindset.

As a result of this two pronged approach, there is a far greater alignment in the mindset that the organization wants to promote and the alignment of its people. This alignment significantly increases the probability of people and teams understanding and accepting the principles and values that the organization is espousing. Their is a greater self-driven interest in what the organization is trying to drive to.


Outline/Structure of the Case Study

1. Defining the problem statement (5min)

2. The macro approach: Understanding a framework for being "Fit for Purpose" (10min)

3. Digite's own Case Study of applying this framework to understand how Fit are we for our people (10min)

4. Expanding the problem statement... (1-2 min, just a transition from the macro to the micro approach)

5. The micro approach: Introduction to Prof Derr's 5 Orientation approach (10min)

6. Summarizing the two pronged macro + micro approach (1-2 min)

Learning Outcome

1. Understand your people - don't be driven by perceptions! Let data speak

2. A structured approach to understanding the purposes - why your people are with you?

3. Identify gaps - define strategies to encourage alignment with purpose that you seek!

4. Understand an individual's orientation - do not take a one size fits all approach

5. Recognize the orientation and the purpose why people are with you change over time! Its not a one time process.

Target Audience

Coaches/Mentors/Consultants, HR professionals, Project/Delivery Managers, Leadership

Prerequisites for Attendees


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