History and Context

 

The Agile Future Forum (AFF) is a business-to-business initiative founded by 22 UK organisations. They reflect a broad range of sectors, sizes and geographical spread and all have a track record of managing workforce agility in the their organisation. Between them, they employ over half a million people across the UK and, as such, are a microcosm of UK plc.

The external business context has changed significantly since the 1980s. In terms of technology, changing customer demands, demography and globalisation, a number of shifting trends have created new challenges and opportunities for organisations. As the external context becomes increasingly complex, traditional models of work will come under strain. New, more agile models of work will be required as the need for agility becomes a key focus of the modern competitive company. All AFF founder organisations believe that being more agile has increased their ability to compete in a global market and is currently generating significant and tangible economic benefits for their businesses.

The Agility Mindset

The Agility Mindset uniquely presents and defines the business value of workforce agility in the UK for the first time. Written by Fiona Cannon OBE, one of the UK’s most eminent workplace diversity experts, The Agility Mindset presents an unrivalled wealth of unique research, opinions and practical solutions from leading business leaders, supported by case studies from organisations across all sectors. For the first time, The Agility Mindset: presents unique research that demonstrates that, in the areas reviewed by the AFF, agile working practices are currently generating value equivalent to 3 – 13% of workforce cost with the opportunity to generate further value equivalent to 3 -7% of workforce costs brings together case studies of real deployments of agile working practices, contributed by CEOs of various AFF members, including Ford of Britain, KPMG, Lloyds Banking Group, ITV, BT and Yorkshire Building Society argues that the productivity gains at a company level achieved by AFF members suggest that more widespread use of agile working practices could lead to improvements in the UK’s productivity Presents  tools, developed by and tested on AFF founder members, to assess the value of agile working practices; including an Agile Readiness Index and the Business Value Assessment (BVA) which uniquely starts with the needs of the organisation, and focuses on quantifying organisational benefits Provides practical advice on how to overcome barriers to the implementation of agile working practices – the majority of which are internal to organisations, and can be resolved or avoided with careful planning Hears from the AFF CEOs and chairmen about the future of work in a volatile, uncertain and complex world where... read more
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