Are agile organisations really inclusive? Surely, given the fundamental principle of “individuals and interactions over process and tools” and the fact that almost every agile approach embeds collaborative practices, the answer should be yes. And yet, the lived experience of many people contradicts this. Putting these assumptions and hypotheses to the test, the Business Agility Institute undertook an ambitious, year-long, research project and heard from 500 people globally. What we found is that there is a lack of understanding about diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I). Many people shared their personal experiences about feeling excluded or knew of others who had been. In most cases, DE&I was not part of the agile transformation designs; for either employees or customers.
In 2021, we have the opportunity to rethink our approach to DE&I in agile organisations and learn from those organizations who, as we discovered in our research, are intentionally designing their new ways of working to be inclusive. As thought leaders and change makers, we want to share ways you can make a difference to people in your team and create an organisation where everyone can belong. Impacting not only your employee experience but your customers’ experience and how you serve your community. Zita McKenzie Lubis and Evan Leybourn will present the findings of the research “Are Agile organisations really inclusive?” Zita will share practical guidance on being an inclusive team member and Evan will share what the Business Agility Institute is doing to embrace inclusion.