Hacking and agile – beyond software developers

I love how things develop. 2 years ago ‘agile’ for me was a descriptor of an animal like a Gazelle and up to 1 year ago, ‘hacking’ had negative associations like thieves breaking into my computer… However, learnings from the ‘geeky’ world of developers are now being applied to pretty much anything! The internet is full of ‘hacking problems’ and ‘agile approaches’.

TA-Logo-FullColor-200wThe concept of hacking and it’s relevance to relevance to HR first came up for me at HRevolution. Joe Gerstandt and Jason Lauritsen from Talent Anarchy developed a HackLab session which they introduced to us. “The idea behind the session was simple: to teach people how to use the basic principles of computer hacking to create innovation within their work–any kind of work.” Check out Jason in action igniting A Workforce of Hackers. Since then, hacking was suddenly all around me!

logohackhouseJoris Luijke, the VP of Talent at Atlassian dedicated a whole blog to Culture Hacking. “The art of re-thinking HR strategies in a successful tech start-up” covers Human Resource topics from performance reviews, recognition and recruitment to staff engagement, systems and automation as well as work processes.

Management Innovation eXchangeThe Management Innovation eXchange is currently holding a HACKING HR TO BUILD AN ADAPTABILITY ADVANTAGE. In short time slots of a few weeks, everyone is asked to participate and contribute to making HR more adaptable. This crowd-sourced exercise calls for action ‘The CIPD and the Management Innovation eXchange (MIX) are inviting HR and business leaders to crack the adaptability challenge through a hackathon—an online problem-solving event that will harness the collective intelligence of progressive HR and the management practitioners from around the world.’ It’s a collaborative environment full of ideas and lively discussions. Check out for instance Neil Morrison’s tangible analogy of a surfer vs oil tanker in reply to ‘What is adaptability?. The sprint is on so, go check it out!

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The concept of agile has already been applied to all sorts of business areas including performance management tools like ours. But a recent TED talk by Bruce Feiler takes it even one step further: Agile programming – for your family. Beyond discussing recent research, the importance of a family dinner and the power of tick lists, one key learning manifests: Breaking down any problem/task into manageable bite sized chucks works for young and old. “You don’t need some grand plan, you don’t need a waterfall, you just need to take small steps and accumulate small wins”.

Happy hacking, agile adaptation and small improvements to y’all!

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