Agile + DevOps West 2019 Concurrent Session : People Operations in a Teal Organization - Tools and Techniques from our Journey


Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm

People Operations in a Teal Organization - Tools and Techniques from our Journey

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When we first saw Frederic Laloux's "Reinventing Organizations" we immediately said ‘Hell yes, we are doing this - we should never work any other way!’ On our journey to Teal, we have undergone many transitions and experiments. We will share some of our challenges moving towards a deeper teal culture and our goal of developing tools for creating a system of organizational development and self-management. We will share our real-world experience using distributed decision making and organizational structure, self-management for the whole organization, People Operations, peer to peer feedback/engagement/performance reviews, financial transparency, open salaries, managing the business, and giving voice to the organization. A lot of things have been said about Frederic Laloux's Teal organizational models, but not many organizations have actually taken the transformational plunge. Why listen to someone who has just read the book when you can listen to our No BS account of our journey? This means we will tell you what worked and what did not work, warts and all. Real life is messy that way. Attendees will leave with an understanding of People Operations and Teal Organizational Models, as well as specific tactics we used and what went well.


Amanda Geary started her career as a research analyst at 4th Wave, a technology consulting firm specializing in research on trends in the IT and communication industry. She then moved on to Freddie Mac and worked with development & testing to analyze market needs and implement product offerings and enhancements within Freddie Mac’s automated underwriting system, Loan Prospector. Within Single Family Offerings Management she helped to develop Home Possible affordable products. After taking a break and starting a family, Amanda joined LitheSpeed in December 2012 to help with Sensei product testing and development. Her role has evolved over the past couple years and she's currently in charge of invoicing/finance. She also help to organize LitheSpeed’s two annual conferences, Lean+Agile and the Agile DC Executive Summit.