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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If your organization is like many others in the current economic climate, you’re being asked to do more with less and maximize efficiency under the constraints of an increasingly stringent budget. In your efforts to creatively cut costs while maintaining quality service and production, you may have tried using a variety of alternative workers such as contingent, contractor, and temporary workers; relying on “permanent part-time” staff or teleworkers; or increasing overtime among your existing workers. You may even have resorted to outsourcing, offshoring, or downsizing.

Today, leading the pack, or just remaining competitive, does require a significant shift in the way we do business. However, many of the current efforts are focused just on cutting costs, and they run the risk of also reducing organization capability. There’s no getting around it: If you want to optimize your workforce and still achieve superior results, you need a calculated, systematic effort to plan for work results and the types of workers needed to do the work.

Lean but Agile provides you and your organization with a complete system for clarifying and focusing on measurable, desired outcomes and working backward to design work and staff to achieve those outcomes. Packed with practical advice, examples, guides, worksheets, diagrams, and metrics, the book gives you powerful strategies for streamlining your staff and the work they do...all while remaining nimble, fast-moving, and ready to cope with dynamic change. Lean but Agile gives you the eye-opening strategies you need to:

• Reengineer how work is done to impact the number and kind of people needed

• Build a lean and agile talent pool

• Identify and assess the methods you currently use to staff for work

• Adopt new management strategies for dealing with the many different, coexisting methods of staffing for and doing work

• Build organizational commitment to Lean but Agile work and staffing, and make the business case to senior leaders and other stakeholders

In addition, the book includes information on the HR audit as well as a sample workforce report depicting how an organization may gather and maintain useful workforce information.

Smart organizations need to be able to rapidly change direction in staffing based on customer demands, competitor strategies, innovation, pricing, and other considerations. This book contains a powerful system for staying lean while delivering the superior products, services, and results that customers and shareholders demand.

WILLIAM J. ROTHWELL is professor of Workplace Learning and Performance at The 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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