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Monday, August 5 • 14:00 - 15:15
Teal Enough: Tales from a small company trying to grow, retain culture and be Agile (Amanda Geary, Bob Payne)

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The Lithespeed team first read Frederic Laloux's "Reinventing Organizations” in 2015. We immediately said ‘Hell yes, we are doing this - we should never work any other way!’ Fast forward 4 years, a couple conference presentations and a lot of trial and error.
On our journey to Teal, we have undergone many transitions. 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.
We came to Agile2018 and spoke on this topic - suggesting that instead of listening to someone who has just read the book you should come listen to our 'No BS' account. We walked away from our session with your feedback and some new ideas and spent a year doubling down on our commitment to a ‘teal’ workplace. Some might say we aren’t there yet…our response? We are ‘teal enough’!
Attendees will leave with an understanding of People Operations and Teal Organizational Models, as well as specific tactics we used and what went well.

Learning Outcomes:
  • In this session, we will relate our experiences with self management, decision making from the bottom and separating HR from company culture and day to day business (Who does the hiring and firing? Who should give/receive feedback and how often?). These are not data points from articles and other presentations. These are real world successes and struggles that we are working through RIGHT NOW.
  • Hopefully you will walk away with some insight to use within your own organization. We also hope that in the Activity and Q&A portion we will get feedback and learn about your experiences as well. We are always pivoting and would love to have suggestions to try in the future at LitheSpeed!


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Amanda Geary

Finance and People Operations, LitheSpeed
I started my career as a research analyst at 4th Wave, a technology consulting firm specializing in research on trends in the IT and communication industry. I then moved on to Freddie Mac and worked with development & testing to analyze market needs and implement product offerings... Read More →
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Bob Payne

SVP of Agile Transformation, LitheSpeed
An early adopter of Extreme Programming, Scrum, and SAFe, Bob Payne has worked exclusively as a Lean+Agile Transformation leader since 1999.Bob hosts the Agile Toolkit podcast and has produced over 170 podcasts, recording a variety of industry leaders and Agile practitioners. His... Read More →

Monday August 5, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
National Harbor 4/5