The Agile HR Meetup: a learning network with a mission to innovate HR
When I started the Agile HR Meetup back in 2016 I was convinced that I wasn’t the only one on a mission to innovate Human Resources (HR) and transform our profession for the future of work.
By this stage I had attended countless HR events discussing the same topic – ‘the world of work is transforming, and HR needs to change’. But, in all these conversations something was missing…how to do it?
All the drivers for change were listed, from digitalisation to talent gaps, alongside everything wrong with traditional HR, such as overly complex processes and a need to refocus on the people experience. Yet, time and time again, participants left the event worried about their future and grappling with what to do next.
Why Agile HR is the answer?
Based on my experiences, I believe Agile HR offers the HR profession a way to find the answers to these problems. No, Agile HR is not a panacea and isn’t the answer itself. Instead, it offers a mindset and methodology that helps us intimately collaborate with our people and co-create the answers.
If we are to build the adaptive, digitalised and networked organisations demanded by our rapidly changing world, then we must become Agile ourselves. By embracing the Agile HR mindset, we are released from the past shackles of static, compliance driven HR and we can start to build awesome places of work, where great people want to be.
Why is the AgileHR Meetup so important?
Of course, the next question is how to do Agile HR? To which the answer is – your own way!
Just like Agile there are no prescribed formulas or frameworks to buy that magically make Agile HR happen. Depending upon the type of your organisation, industry, size and where you are personally on the Agile transformative journey, each example of Agile HR in action can look and feel quite different.
This need to discover and evolve our own distinct style of Agile HR means it’s vital to learn from a variety of case studies and experiences. Indeed, Agile HR heralds the death of HR best practice as we know it, and the only way to innovate is to test and validate the best approach for your own team and organisation.
Agile HR can be bit scary if done alone, and the purpose of the Agile HR Meetup is to build an ongoing learning network, where people share stories, ideas and their direct experiences in evolving their own Agile HR model. As such, it’s a type of support group, because being a pioneer and working outside your comfort zone can feel lonely and challenging at times.
Agile HR is also about how we redesign HR to enable Agile organisations and teams. At the Agile HR Meetup we explore case studies and examples in how to transform our approach to performance management, reward, engagement, talent acquisition, people development and organisational culture, to support Agile ways of working and enrich people’s workplace experience.
The Agile HR Meetup aims to be a true community of practice, by creating a safe environment where people can ask the questions important to them, whether a novice in Agile HR or an everyday practitioner.
I’m hosting a series of Agile HR Meetups over the coming months in collaboration with people and organisations leading the way in Agile HR.
Join us in Edinburgh or London in June. Leeds in July. Plus, August dates soon to be announced for Sydney and Melbourne. All free events.
In September, we return to London for our Massive Morning Meetup, a paid event that offers a hands-on experience in applying Agile HR, while munching on some breakfast.
If you don’t see your city in this list and want to collaborate to bring the Agile HR Meetup to your town, please get in touch.
All are welcome. Our participants include HR Directors, HR Business Partners, Learning and Development specialists, Agile coaches and People and Change consultants.
Can’t wait to see you there and learn your Agile HR story.
A collection of pics from recent Agile HR Meetups in Sydney and Leeds.