Helping HR leaders get serious about workforce strategy, leadership and learning.

Deep dive into the major trends affecting the future of work, with HR strategy case studies from leading organisations and an analytics and HR technology showcase to help you sort the vendors from the pretenders. The first inaugural Strategic Workforce Planning, Australia conference will be held in Wellington on Tuesday, 1st & Wednesday, 2nd April 2014.

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Top 5 reasons you can’t afford to miss it:

In 2014 companies are getting serious about Strategic Workforce Planning, don’t miss the chance to:

  1. Network and mingle with futurists and global thought-leaders at the forefront of change;
  2. Hear best practice workforce strategy case studies that are seriously cutting-edge;
  3. Create an effective workforce plan that aligns workforce strategy to business strategy in the context of ever-changing workforce, technological and social change.
  4. Hone your skills in three critical areas: Futuring; Partnering & Planning and Technology & Analytics.
  5. Create your own agenda. Attend tracks relevant to your own business objectives for the best conference experience.

The Conference will include three tracks:

Futuring: Deep dive into the major trends affecting the future of work, including: crowdsourcing, gamification, big data and robotics. This track features renowned futurists and strategists who will show you how to apply futuring and scenario modelling techniques that can help you prepare for an optimal future workforce.
Track Leader: Yvette Montero Salvatico

Partnering & Planning: A well-considered workforce plan that never gets executed adds no value. This track will deliver case studies from leading organisations on strategies for refining your workforce planning framework, successful strategy execution, coordinating global programs, partnering with the C-Suite and more.
Track Leader: Stuart Elliott

Technology & Analytics: Showcasing the latest and greatest workforce planning tools available, this track will help you sort the vendors from the pretenders! It includes case studies on how to influence with workforce analytics and data-driven decisions and will demonstrate how cohesive technology can help enable your HR function.
Track Leader: Alex Hagan

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Agenda

Day 1: 1st April, 2014

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Registration:

Tea and coffee available on arrival.

9:00 am - 9:30 am
Conference Open, Welcome Remarks:
Stuart Elliott - Suncorp Group

Stuart Elliott is the Executive Manager, Workforce Strategy at Suncorp. He is responsible for building Suncorp’s future workforce, from strategic planning and organisation design, through to sourcing the best capability for the future world of work.

Stuart Elliott
Executive Manager, Workforce Strategy & Design, Suncorp Group
Find out more about Stuart Elliott
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Keynote: Navigating an Uncertain Future:
Yvette Montero Salvatico - Kedge, Former Disney Futurist

Yvette Montero Salvatico has helped organisations such as Mars, Kraft, Marriott Hotels and Disney plan for their future workforce by capturing the imagination of the C-Suite and applying futuring techniques, such as scenario planning, to design new outcomes. For workforce planning to be effective in a world that is changing faster than ever before, a framework is needed to foresee the coming changes before they disrupt our business models. In this session, Yvette will show you how to plan for what is changing, what is emerging and what is possible. Get ready to be taken out of your depths and prepare yourself for a magic carpet ride into the future!

10:30 am - 11:00 am
Morning Tea Break:

Break sponsored by Aruspex.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Keynote: Case Study on Workforce Planning:
Chris Lamb - Lend Lease Australia

This session will cover how international leaders in property and infrastructure, Lend Lease Australia, has undertaken Strategic Workforce Planning.  It will outline the needs, the framework, the key steps and the outcomes.

Chris Lamb
Human Resource Director, Lend Lease Australia
Find out more about Chris Lamb
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Networking Lunch:

Lunch sponsored by Aruspex.

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Gamifying Workforce Productivity:
Paul Jacobs - Jobgram

Gaming is big business. This interactive session looks at the serious side of gaming and its application. As a group we’ll re-imagine workforce productivity with game principles in mind, challenging our thinking and pre-conceptions about attracting, screening, and developing staff. Paul Jacobs has made this his passion and will expand your knowledge in this area. If you like ‘blowing things up’ then this session is for you

Paul Jacobs
Creative Director, Jobgram
Find out more about Paul Jacobs
1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Mapping the Future Workforce:
Kevin Wheeler - Future of Talent Institute

Understanding and predicting the talent  landscape of the future is important for Workforce Planning. This session will look at futuring techniques and strategies required to model your future workforce and create a blueprint for success.

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Futuring: Deep Dive 3- Understanding the Capabilities You Need to Future-proof the Success of Your Organisation:
Fiona Michel - Head of Culture & Capability

The world of work is moving fast. What will be important in the future and what will that mean for the decisions you make about the people who will help your organisation succeed.  Fiona will draw on a range of examples and experiences to inspire food for thought on how you could build your people plan to be ready for the challenges ahead.

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Partnering + Planning: How to Create Workforce Planning Patrons and Ambassadors:
Stuart Elliott - Suncorp Group

Gaining stakeholder buy-in will significantly enhance Workforce Planning success.  Understanding the change management issues, why it’s challenging and how you progress towards your goal will assist you in achieving your business objectives. Stuart will discuss these issues and provide you with the chance to ask questions and join in the discussion

Stuart Elliott
Executive Manager, Workforce Strategy & Design, Suncorp Group
Find out more about Stuart Elliott
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Partnering + Planning: Case Study: Strategic Workforce Planning at NZ Police:
Andrew McJorrow - New Zealand Police

New Zealand Police are operating in an environment of rapidly changing technology, evolving demographics, fiscal constraint, and diversifying service demands. Strategic workforce planning is critical to forecasting the capabilities New Zealand Police need to meet current and future demands.  Andrew has a unique and fascinating approach to workforce planning in the context of an organisation that has internal workforce and crime data dating back to the 1800’s.

Andrew McJorrow
Workforce Transformation Manager, New Zealand Police
Find out more about Andrew McJorrow
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Partnering + Planning: Case Study: Connecting to Purpose - Workforce Planning in a Mission-Based Organisation:
Julie Shearman - Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation is a leading Australian not-for-profit,  at the forefront of social change that has reduced premature death and suffering from cardiovascular disease. Julie has been the National HR Director of the Foundation for several years and will talk to the HR Business issues and challenge of workforce planning. She will share strategies used to future-fit and enable Connection to Purpose in a mission-based and highly engaged culture.

Julie Shearman
National HR Director, Heart Foundation
Find out more about Julie Shearman
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Tech + Analytics: Workforce Segmentation - Finding actionable insights in the data:
Marcus Champ - Workforce Planning & Analytics, Presence of IT

Effective workforce strategy needs to address two simple questions: 1. How does the workforce contribute to the company’s competitive advantage? and; 2. How should the workforce be managed to ensure that advantage is realised. Marcus Champ will demonstrate how workforce differentiation creates value by recognising the differences in how an organisation designs and manages its workforce. He will demonstrate how to uncover hidden insights by taking a whole-of-workforce approach to analytics

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Tech + Analytics: Ideas Don't Spread Like Viruses: Driving Organisational Performance Through Relationships and Analytics:
Steve Pell - Intrascope Analytics

Steve Pell will present five key insights on the implications for designing and managing high performance organisations. This session will challenge attendees to consider dramatically different ways of understanding how relationships between employees drive organisational performance. Steve will leave attendees with five high value actionable strategies to take away.

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Afternoon Tea Break:

Afternoon Tea sponsored by Aruspex

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
You Be The Speaker - Freestyle Improvisation:
Alex Hagan - Kienco

The rules for this session are simple: There’s no structure, no presentation, no preparation! Just raw, real-time insights. Delegates nominate themselves to speak, and will be given only five minutes to improvise from a series of workforce planning-related slides that they’ve never seen before. The idea is for you to explain to the audience what the slides mean for you, discuss what you know on the topic and share your own experiences. Let’s have some fun with this!

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
The Wheeler Debates: Debate 1: Workforce Planning is becoming a dated practice and is losing relevance given the rapid pace of change. True or False?:
Kevin Wheeler - Future of Talent Institute

Kevin Wheeler, Founder, Future of Talent Institute vs Alex Hagan, Founder & Director, Kienco.

5:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Conference Day 1 Closing Remarks:
Stuart Elliott - Suncorp Group

Stuart Elliott is the Executive Manager, Workforce Strategy at Suncorp. He is responsible for building Suncorp’s future workforce, from strategic planning and organisation design, through to sourcing the best capability for the future world of work.

Stuart Elliott
Executive Manager, Workforce Strategy & Design, Suncorp Group
Find out more about Stuart Elliott
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Networking Reception:

Sponsored by HCMS.

Day 2: 2nd April, 2014

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Registration Open:

Tea and coffee available on arrival.

9:00 am - 9:30 am
Conference Open, Welcome Remarks Day 2:
Stuart Elliott - Suncorp Group

Stuart Elliott is the Executive Manager, Workforce Strategy at Suncorp. He is responsible for building Suncorp’s future workforce, from strategic planning and organisation design, through to sourcing the best capability for the future world of work.

Stuart Elliott
Executive Manager, Workforce Strategy & Design, Suncorp Group
Find out more about Stuart Elliott
9:30 am - 11:00 am
World Cafe Roundtables:
Trevor Vas - ATC Events

World Café Overview: The World Café adds a new dynamic to a traditional conference setting and provides an open forum for you to have your say, share your ideas and gain a practical understanding of the subject matter via a series of interactive roundtable discussions. Each topic will be hosted on a separate table allowing participants to select and move around to a table of their choice at their own discretion, or at the end of each of the three rounds.

Tables

1. What role does software have in Workforce Planning?
Facilitator: Howard Koenig, CEO, Aruspex

2. How to move HR into the Boardroom
Facilitator: Tony Wallace, Principal, Workforce Planning Australia

3. Sanity checking your workforce plan against the reality of available skills
Facilitator: Julie Mills, CEO, ITCRA

4. What are the biggest trends set to impact the workforce over the next decade?
Facilitator: Kevin Wheeler, Founder, Future of Talent Institute

5. Gamification, big data, robotics – how to distinguish influential trends from fads
Facilitator: Yvette Montero Salvatico, Partner, Kedge & Frank Spencer, Principal, Kedge

6. Big data & Analytics – to what extent can they influence strategy?
Facilitator: Marcus Champ, Workforce Planning & Analytics Consultant, Presence of IT

11:00 am - 11:15 am
Morning Tea Break:

Morning Tea sponsored by Aruspex.

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Workshop A: Starting Right, Staying True, Delivering the Future Workforce:
Tony Wallace - Workforce Planning Australia

Effective strategic workforce planning requires commitment, analytical strength and persistence. There is also the need to balance the creation of quick wins to generate and maintain support with persistence to deliver a sustainable strategic workforce planning framework. Tony will draw on recent case studies to show the importance of starting with the end in mind, aligning leaders, forming the team, executing the project plan, building resilience, asking the right questions, and most importantly embracing change management.

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Workshop A: Mapping the Future Workforce:
Kevin Wheeler - Future of Talent Institute

Understanding and predicting the talent  landscape of the future is important for Workforce Planning. This session will look at futuring techniques and strategies required to model your future workforce and create a blueprint for success.

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Networking Lunch:

Lunch sponsored by Arusprex.

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
General Session: A Holistic Framework for Developing Workforce Strategy:
Alex Hagan - Kienco

Kienco’s framework has been evolved over years of global experience assisting companies to build their ideal future workforce. In this session, Alex will discuss the importance of the 8 key steps in Strategic Workforce Planning and their role in developing workforce strategy, optimising the workforce for today, and building workforce agility into the future

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm
Q&A Interview: Understanding Trends vs Foresight - Is the Future Already Here?:
Frank Spencer - Kedge

Read more on Frank Spencer and Alex Hagan.

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Afternoon Tea Break:

Afternoon Tea sponsored by Aruspex.

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
The Automated Workforce: Automation and Workforce Planning:
Kevin Wheeler - Future of Talent Institute

Overview: With Big Data gathering more information about people every day, and more tools that can do routine tasks like answer phone calls and verify information, automation is changing the way we plan our future workforce. Kevin will examine some of the automated tools that are being used by organisations, and will discuss the impact they have already had on call centres, financial service firms, mining and manufacturing. He will demonstrate what the wokforce looks like 3-5 years out and provide vital information for thinking and planning about the kind of workforce you will need.

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Conference Day 2 Wrap-Up and Closing Remarks:
Stuart Elliott - Suncorp Group

Stuart Elliott is the Executive Manager, Workforce Strategy at Suncorp. He is responsible for building Suncorp’s future workforce, from strategic planning and organisation design, through to sourcing the best capability for the future world of work.

Stuart Elliott
Executive Manager, Workforce Strategy & Design, Suncorp Group
Find out more about Stuart Elliott

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