This talk explains that D&I is the main asset organisations have, to thrive in a complex world. It explains how D&I is a real catalyst to achieving Agility, and that to solve complexity, Diversity and Agility must go hand in hand
Unfortunately, I had to leave this session early. These are just limited notes from the start of the session.
Senior Agility Consultant at PA Consulting
How Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are a catalyst for business agility and complex problem solving
- how many women feel safe to run at 2am at night?
- how many women were involved in designing that ad
- Samsung’s board of director is 99% men
=> it is an imperative requirement that businesses are diverse, equal and inclusive
- customer focussed
- Diversity: the state of being composed of differing people whether by race, gender, ethnicity, background, ideas, skills, life-paths and thoughts
- Equity: the commitment to create an environment where the unique needs of everyone are met
- Inclusion: the result of a safe environment with sense of belonging for everyone -> ensures the room hears everyone’s ideas
there has never been explicit between Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Agility
-> one department runs agile transformation and one dept working on diversity, equity & inclusion and they do not talk to each other
=> that new agile environment might not be inclusive
diversity, equity & inclusion is still seen as a KPI at the board because it is the right thing to do, but it is something like an afterthought, it is not at the center of the agile transformation
=> Diversity, Equity & Inclusion helps Agility
a diverse & inclusive employee base fuels true understanding of changing customer trends
- uncontrolled focus on speed
- data-driven only works the majority -> unconscious bias
- lack of accessibility requirements
- meaningful communication with customers
- reduction in group thinking: datasets are not diverse!
- understanding of unique perspectives -> bring your real users in instead of using random user interviews
adaptive: inclusion and fairness promote cultural curiosity and the ability to adapt to what’s new
is your org actually open to change?
is your org open to what is different?
-> first thing your org should do is let’s focus on what is diverse
-> culture of curiosity: running experiments, putting people in someelses shoes, …
empowerment: comes from trust!
a real sense of diversity and equity is needed for employees to feel safe and empowered
-> focus on unconscious bias to avoid that everyone looks like the boss
=> where everyone is empowered looks different