On April 21 and 22 a group of around 50 European HR professionals gathered at the Impact Hub in Amsterdam, where Talmundo was hosting the People Hackfest 2016. Tom Haak, of Crunchr and the HR Trend Institute, was the moderator at the event. In five teams the participants “hacked” an HR challenge, in the area of leadership development, performance management of talent acquisition.
For most participants this was their first hackaton, not surprising, as hackatons are rather new in the HR domain. In the illustration below you can find the flow of the event: in three rounds the teams had to develop their challenge into a visual design, that could be used to brief the app developers.
A pressure cooker, in which the teams had to work hard and in an agile way to get to tangible results. At midday most people wondered: how are we ever getting enough focus to be able to deliver surprising and innovative results? But: at four o’clock the five teams pitched for the jury and the other teams and everybody was positively surprised what could be reached in a day. Jury and audience voted, and the idea of one team was developed overnight by the tech team of Talmundo into a working prototype.
Conclusion: also for HR a hackaton can be a very powerful approach to accelerate the design of impactful HR interventions. It doesn’t have to be an app, of course. Gather a diverse group, give them a challenge, a workflow and some support, and you can get a lot done. And it is more fun than a series of meetings and conference calls.
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