The Agile Manifesto values individuals & interactions over processes & tools.
The Scrum Guide was recently updated with the values courage, focus, commitment, respect & openness.
One element is key in Agile & Scrum. It’s all about people!
This is why Agilists prefer the term “people development” above “human resource management”.
We live in a fast changing world with fast changing requirements, technology and a high level of complexity.
To deal with this, employees need te be creative, flexible and innovative.
Some examples of the cultural differences when moving from traditional to Agile:
- Focus shifts from processes to people
- Top-down command & control shifts towards leadership & collaboration
- Roles become less individual and more interchangable
- Organizational structures becomes less formal and more flexible\participative
- Responsibility shifts towards self-organized teams
Managers and HR professionals need to create an environment where employees can make this culture shift.
It requires different approaches in the main focus areas of HR (staffing, developing, motivation & maintaining employees).
A number of factors need focus from an HR point of view:
- A mature implementation of the Scrum Master role
- Changes in the role of the traditional manager
- Reward & compensation systems
- Feedback & performance measurements
- Involvement of HR in the Agile transition
In the last 10 years I have consulted organizations in the adaption of HR tools, processes & practices. If you need help in setting up an Agile People Development system, these are the services I can offer:
- Coaching, mentoring & facilitation
- Agile People Development training
- An Agile Coach training program
- Tool support