Lockheed Martin: Purpose, Process, Payoff

Lockheed Martin (www.LockheedMartin.com), is a Fortune 100 company celebrating 100 years of accelerating tomorrow.   Alan Maxwell, the VP of HR and Chief HR Technology Strategist, took some time to chat with Ascent Advisor (@AscentAdvisor.) Juan Riboldi – Ascent Advisor:  Can you tell us about your role as Chief HR technology strategist? Alan Maxwell: My primary focus is creating a business driven globally integrated technology road map and strategic plan.  We’re a long-cycle business, so the vision is: “How do we support and wrap technology around our people processes in a way to enable the business to deliver more value?”  “And, fundamentally how do you make technology friendly, intuitive and invisible?” I’m a systems thinker, so I break things down into three categories: purpose, process, payoff.  So when you understand the big “why” that you are solving for, then you can find those big opportunities, when others may just see big problems. I played college football.  I was an offensive lineman, so I was dealing with the blocking, tackling and paving the way for others while being a team player and I think that’s symbolic of what I do every day.  You pave the way to help pull an organization through a learning curve. In terms of the HR technology focus, or service delivery, there’s a couple big themes: I’m focused on creating kind of a Porsche-like power, the core technology.  That sophisticated design that requires minimal input but maximum output. An Apple-like experience, that usability factor of your environment.  The vision is to change the user experience, bring the work closer to the worker, and make technology invisible. Ascent Advisor: ...