As Director HR for Albert Heijn, I am responsible for the people strategy in the technology function. In my role I have been driving the agile transformation in our company full force. Not only have we looked at the organizational structure and roles, but we also focused heavily on the desired culture and behaviour. Our technology function comprises an ecosystem of internal employees and external partners that makes up 2000 people in total.
Prior to this position, I worked in several HR roles within our company and in 2016, I was co-responsible for activities related to merging the Ahold and Delhaize Support Offices. Before joining HR, I worked as manager in an Albert Heijn store.
Albert Heijn, is founded in 1887 and with 1013 stores we are the leading food retailer in the Netherlands with stores in Belgium and Germany as well.
The company’s mission is to offer all the ingredients for a better life. Every day we bring good, safe, sustainable and healthy food to millions of customers. Stores offer a wide range of high-quality items and friendly, helpful service. Long opening hours and online ordering enables customers to shop for groceries around the clock.
Albert Heijn is committed to offer the best for its customers and associates and to be a better neighbour to the communities it serves.
Day One Case Study: Executive Session 14:15 – 14:35
From Freighter to Speedboat: towards Business Agility and beyond by Dorien Burgers, together with Floris De Bruin, Head of Innovation and Tech at &samhound consultancy
This is an agile transformation story about the IT organization and business interaction points of Albert Heijn (AH), the leading food retailer in the Netherlands. AH IT comprises an ecosystem of internal employees and external partners that makes up 2000 people in total and is the critical driver for technological change for the entire organization.
The organization went from local agile experiments to Scaled agile at an incredible pace in just one year. We truly pushed the boundaries of what is believed to be possible. When we started this change, it was unimaginable to our environment that we would succeed. We want to show the audience that every organization and person has the hidden ability for change and evolution within them, and that they can achieve the same changes and success that we did.
We will share a honest story on what went well in this transformation that made us proud but also our brilliant failures that taught us a lot and our way going forward. Practical tools and movies are shown to give an impression on how AH IT transformed which can help you change your organization.