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People, HR and the Agile Organization

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Where does human resources fit into your agile world? Join Agile Management consultant and author Arlen Bankston to discuss how HR departments can harness agile methods themselves while supporting agility throughout the organization.

Agility is about people more than it is about technology, tools or techniques. As the main supporters and enablers of people organizationally, this makes HR professionals a crucial bastion for understanding and supporting tenets of agility in how people are hired, onboarded, allocated to teams, reviewed and paid. Arlen will explore how HR builds and sustains an agile-ready environment, from recruiting agile talent, to proper workspace design and collaboration tools and information radiators supports friction-free teams and organizations. HR pros can also lead cultural change through promotion and support of desired personal and organizational qualities

6:00 - 6:30 Pizza, Meet and greet
6:30 - 8:00 presentation and discussion

About Arlen Bankston
Agile Consultant & Trainer

ARLEN BANKSTON was at the vanguard of the agile movement, beginning to practice within two years of the Agile Manifesto’s writing. He co-founded and leads one of the premier agile consultancies in the DC metro area (LitheSpeed LLC), and was among the first to explicitly blend lean systems thinking and user experience practices with agile software development practices. An active executive for over 17 years, he continues to coach, speak, train and mentor to stay at the edge of ever-advancing lean and agile practices.

Arlen was one of the first Certified Scrum Trainers, and soon began exploring Lean, Six Sigma, BPM and other process management and systems thinking approaches to ensure that organizations took a holistic perspective beyond just the software. He became a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and co-founded a Lean-Agile practice that he ran for six years before starting LitheSpeed.

Today, Arlen has worked across virtually every industry and enjoys a reputation as a thought leader and a dynamic, entertaining presenter. He has trained and mentored thousands of ScrumMasters, Product Owner and agile executives, recently founding the Agile Leadership Academy to address the leadership and structural challenges that still plague many otherwise successful companies. He has led Agile and Lean deployments at clients such as Marriott, NBC Universal, CNBC, NGA, Capital One, T. Rowe Price, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and the Armed Forces Benefits Association.