Agile HR Case – pick up some tips from Orange Belgium’s Agile HR transformation
In September, we had the honour of discussing the journey of maturing the Agile HR model in Orange Belgium’s HR team with Jelle Jacquet Deputy Chief People Officer.
Agile HR started as an organic initiative among HR professionals who were facing the need to deliver a cross functional project, and realised they would not succeed if they continued working on it from their traditional HR silos. Instead they wanted to setup a more agile way of working and pitched it to their leaders. Off they went and through a lot of testing, experimenting, piloting and application, Orange Belgium’s HR team, with around 30 people, is now fully in an Agile operating mode.
The HR professionals are now organised in Agile HR Squads, larger pools of cross functional HR professionals. They allocate their time between RUN activities and BUILD activities, and prioritise how to allocate time according to the prioritised portfolio planning happening across the full HR team three times a year. (RUN as in keeping up operations, and BUILD as in improving or developing something).
Some lovely insights that we picked up from this conversation:
When HR moves into agile portfolio management other teams might find it very reassuring. Jelle shared that they have got feedback that the HR team has increased quality and predictability of its operations.
You can watch the whole meetup in the video on our YouTube channel and be inspired by Orange Belgium’s journey towards Agile HR