Lean but Agile

Rethink Workforce Planning and Gain a True Competitive Edge

 Lean but Agile

Authors: William J. Rothwell, Jim Graber, Ph.D., Neil McCormick
Pub Date: January 2012
Print Edition: $45.00
Print ISBN: 9780814417775
Page Count: 240
Format: Hardback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814417782

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Overview

Powerful strategies for streamlining your staff and the work they do.

William Rothwell honored with the ASTD Distinguished Contribution Award in Workplace Learning and Performance.

As organizations strive to maximize efficiency to meet stringent budgets, a general “do more with less” mandate is no longer sufficient. Managers and executives must evaluate every process and every role, and do away with assumptions about how work gets done and who does it. Lean but Agile presents a system for analyzing work and selecting the ideal combination of cost-effective resources—employees, consultants, contractors, temporary workers, vendors—to accomplish it.

The book advocates changes in hiring, goal-setting, learning and development, and performance management, and discusses the introduction, implementation, and management of lean work and agile staffing methods. It also explores the fundamental role technology can play in the transformation.

Packed with practical advice, examples, guides, worksheets, diagrams, and metrics, Lean but Agile will help leaders, managers, and human resource professionals optimize their workforces while still achieving superior results.

About the Authors

WILLIAM J. ROTHWELL is professor of Workplace Learning and Performance at Pennsylvania State University and President of Rothwell & Associates, a business consultancy.

JAMES GRABER is Managing Director of Business Decisions, Inc., a talent management technology and software company.

NEIL MCCORMICK, a Senior Vice President at Talent2, has 30 years’ experience in international management, human resources and consulting.

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