Our Point of View

01

Change is constant

The world is more connected than ever, blurring boundaries between companies, their customers, and employees.

02

Competition is fierce

Innovation—and competition—is faster and more frequent.

03

Agility is required

Meeting evolving market demands and employee expectations requires fast, efficient adaptation.

What is an agile workforce?

An organization is only agile when its workforce is agile.

An agile workforce is made up of smaller, cross-functional teams, reducing bureaucracy to get work done faster. Leaders in an agile workforce have visibility and access to both internal and external skills and expertise, wherever it is. Workstreams of an agile workforce look like mission-based projects, with the right people working on the right projects—both aligned with the company’s strategic goals and priorities.

Why does building an agile workforce matter to your company? The most important work in your company is cross-functional. Increasingly, it also involves both internal and external talent. But organizational silos and ingrained behaviors can stifle collaboration, obstruct opportunities, and result in waste. Business agility, to be effective, must permeate your entire workforce, not just executive leadership.

Key Agile Characteristics

Iterative

Getting it right is the product of relentless iteration, experimentation, and continuous improvement. Breaking up work into discrete parts is the first step to shorter iterations, increased visibility, and predictable progress.

Data-driven

Relying on testing and real-time user-generated metrics leads to less execution risk than plans and estimates based on assumptions. Time-boxed initiatives enable data-driven feedback and self-correction.

Cross-functional

An agile workforce is made up of smaller, cross-functional teams who surface feedback early and often from internal and external stakeholders. Defining specific roles and accountabilities is key to success.

Unlock the full value of your organization

Expert Working
12 %
of executives believe that organizations are under “extreme competitive pressure” to extend innovation into their workforce and corporate structure.

Paul Daugherty, Marc Carrel-Billiard, and Michael Biltz, “Technology Vision 2018: Intelligent Enterprise Unleashed,” 2018, Accenture

2 %
of HR leaders say the most urgent issue facing their organization is developing an agile workforce.

Catalant’s 2018 Reimagining Work 20/20 Report

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