Agile Manifesto and Agile PeopleOps Manifesto

If you’re reading this, there is a high likelihood that you are familiar with Agile methodologies in software development. You know about Scrum, Kanban, SAFe. You’re familiar with why these methods work, and the value they deliver not only to organizations, but teams leveraging them. You recognize the inherent value in iterative development, and collaborative environments.

Agile has taken the business world by storm: Adoption on Engineering teams continues to accelerate (12th State of Agile Report), and the values and principles behind the Agile Manifesto are evolving to meet the needs of other business functions.

One such function is Human Resources. Agile in HR isn’t particularly new – plenty has been written to date about why HR would benefit from such a framework. And yet, there hasn’t been a very good answer as to how Agile values can be tactically brought into an HR organization.

Enter the Agile PeopleOps Framework (APF). APF enables HR teams to intentionally adopt a more Agile mindset. It shifts from a worldview of VUCA to one of flexibility, responsiveness, and transparency. APF borrows heavily from the structure of the Agile Manifesto to bring a refreshed list of values and priorities, directly in line with the HR business function.

Mirroring the structure of a Scrum Team (and at scale, a program team), APF focuses on human capital strategy, and intentional talent acquisition. It is a full-service framework, accounting for COPs, KPIs (now called Human Effectivity Indicators – or HEIs), and end-to-end value delivery (from Talent Acquisition, to long-term employee.) Roles and processes are similar to Scrum, and the underlying feel of adoption is not unlike that of software development. If your organization has adopted Agile methodologies within its Engineering Teams, consider APF as part of your organization’s journey.

There is, of course, a lot to unpack here. Values, principles, roles, and processes differ slightly from that of their traditional Agile counterparts. Over the next few weeks, we’ll discuss some of these changes in greater depth. We’ll detail how the APF Agile HR Manifesto differs from that of the Agile Manifesto. We’ll discuss where we believe Agile (as a mindset) is heading, and why we think Agile is here to stay, albeit in various forms. We’ll also peek into the processes that drive APF – diving into the customizations of Scrum and Kanban that were made in response to different environments and goals. Finally, we’ll look ahead and talk about what it means to be culturally agile, and how to get there. A fair warning: this is Systems Thinking-type stuff. Get ready to think big!

We’re excited to introduce APF, and we think you’ll begin to find value from Day 1 of adoption. Connect with us at to learn more about APF. Our PeopleOps Coaches offer 1:1 coaching, and other services to help you get started on your journey (or to help accelerate!)

Author: Christopher Goscinski