What is Agile HR?

Across the globe organisations are redesigning how to work in response to change and disruption. Agile is emerging as the new working paradigm with the customer centricity, responsiveness, resilience, rapid validation, skillful reprioritisation and an enriched user experience.

Agile HR is about applying all this skillfully and contextually in people operations and organisational development.

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Agile is rapidly emerging as the new working paradigm in our VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world. Across the globe organisations and teams are redesigning how they work in response to change or disruption in their market, as well as the need to gain competitive advantage through digital innovation or an enriched customer experience.

Strategies and planning are shifting from long-term or annual towards an ongoing strategic dialogue and therefore towards quarterly planning. Companies are aiming to capture the opportunities and avoid the emerged risks sooner and quicker than ever before. Agility is the approach in not just the digital industries, but also in services, manufacturing, all consumer related businesses and even public organisations such as healthcare, government or defense. Read more about business agility here.

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While the businesses are adopting Agile practices and operating models the implications of this for Human Resources (HR) or People Operations are remarkable. Current HR and people practices are increasingly out-of- touch with Agile working methods, and leaders require support in how to scale Agile and transform their organisation.

During the previous decades the HR operations have been developed to serve the hierarchical, manager-led organisation, building compliance heavy HR processes through a one-size-fits-all lense. This often ended up with delivering people services and HR processes that managers or employees don’t find useful, helpful or value adding.

As an agile practitioner we approach our people projects and HR deliveries through the lense of the user and the stakeholder. People operations should only release products that are validated and tested with real employees and that really bring value to the business and the user.

We also acknowledge that HR increasingly operates in a complex environment and changes are inevitable for our projects and HR development initiatives. Thus, HR require Agile ways of working, responsive and frequent prioritising, team-based working practices and adopting structures for ongoing feedback, co-creation and validation with our people, managers and candidates.

Agile HR

Agile HR transforms the fundamental principles of HR to into People Operations leading Agile, digital and networked organisations.

The aim is to build a shared value between your customer, business and people by:

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Mindset

Embracing the Agile mindset to incrementally deliver value to your customer, driven by feedback.

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Co-create

Self-managing teams that experiment, co-create, innovate and validate solutions directly with your people.

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Human-centric

Delivering a unique and excellent people and employee experience across the employee journey.

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Evidence-based

Evidence based decision-making that delivers customer value through data, analytics and empirical insight.

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Agile Transformation & Leadership

Deep skills in Agile ways of working, applying them in both HR and the business.

Why work with us?

We are the pioneers of Agile HR, working and adopting this to people operations, change and organisational development. We are HR leaders ourselves, know the HR field outside-in, and have tens of exmaples of applying Agile in the HR context from over a decade. We combine our extensive background in senior Human Resource Management and Organisational Development with on-the-job experience applying Agile mindset and methodology across a wide range of industries and organisations.

This unique combination ensures you receive the thought leadership required to guide your professional development, and more importantly, the practical know-how to instantly translate your Agile HR skills back into your workplace.

The Agile HR Community is a direct answer to the gap that currently exists between what is taught by HR professional bodies and universities, and the real world where HR needs to design and lead Agile, digital and networked organisations across the globe. We combine bringing you the theory, served in your own language, to guiding you with hands-on practice, tools and methods to immediately start working this way in your own context.

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Agile HR Community's Agile Capability model for People Operations

Agile HR Community is supporting HR transformation and delivering consulting, advising and training focusing on Agile in people operations. We are guided by our Agile People Ops Capability model (C), describing skills, behaviors, the mindset and the application of professional level Agile HR in people operations.

We have certified over 1000 HR professionals against this capability model, and we’re proud to say the people certified by us know what they are talking about and how to make Agile come alive in any company setting!

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Agile HR Certified Practitioner Program 2021
A seismic change in mindset, knowledge and practical skills development in just 4 weeks. Highly recommended for those who are human centred in their approach to HR and want to be credible, value drivers in an organisation.
Fran Hampton, Senior HR Business Partner at comparethemarket.com
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Agile HR Certified Practitioner Program 2021
A well organised, fast-paced but effective delve into the world of Agile and how it can be bought to life in HR. I really enjoyed the globally dispersed cohort I was with that gave diverse view points of different projects. A great experience not to be missed!
Emma Johnson, Leadership Development and talent Manager at Co-op
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Agile HR Certified Practitioner Program 2021
Being Agile enables businesses to thrive in complex and volatile markets, I highly recommend this training!
Roxanne Legendre, Human Resources Administrator at GlaxoSmithKline
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Agile HR Certified Practitioner Program 2021
This is the perfect course for anyone looking to get into the nuts and bolts of the Agile mindset and ways of working. Through lots of practical activities and discussions, it really helped me to understand the value behind embracing Agile as a HR practitioner.
Stephanie Cawthorne, Senior People Development Consultant at The Lab 17
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Agile HR Certified Practitioner Program 2021
This training will provide HR practitioners with the opportunity for a complete mindset shift and to rise up as true business partners.
Caroline Becker, VP of Human Resources at Rexel USA

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