Tucana People Analytics Podcast | Insights & Interviews from the World of Human Resources

Weekly interviews with leading practitioners, thought leaders and pioneers in the field of People Analytics, drawing in Workforce Planning, Employee Insight and game-changing technology. Find out what you can be doing to push ahead with your own work in People Analytics, and how your company can get a real cometitive edge by using the latest methods and technologies as they emerge. Chaired by Max Blumberg and David Green
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Mar 30, 2017

If this is what your organisation is doing now, what will you need to do in 10 years’ time? If your strategy is to be operating at 50% or 500% of your current size, how can you know what people and skills you will need, and where?

Strategic Workforce Planning is in many ways one of the most complex - and also most essential - fields of HR. Having an optimised workforce that is properly positioned and skilled to handle emerging and anticipated business challenges is of immeasurable benefit to the success of a business strategy. And of course, the converse is equally true.

It is therefore a massive opportunity to demonstrate a real, practical and commercially-beneficial use for workforce data, which delivers exactly what the CEO needs from HR.

One significan challenge in Workforce Planning is for rapid growth or downsizing, since it introduces a lot of unknowns into the equation. How do you anticipate the needs of your organisation when your whole operational structure has transformed entirely?

Clearly, one company that has experienced - and continues to experience - such change is Facebook.


In a relatively technical discussion, this week's episode sees Max Blumberg discuss the intricacies of Workforce Planning and its place within the wider People Analytics function of one of the world's most successful enterprises.

  • Workforce Planning for high growth
  • How Facebook structures its People Analytics function
  • The concept of an "optimised workforce" for strategy execution
  • Understanding the concept of 'critical workforce segments'
  • Understanding internal/external talent supply and demand
  • The role of deep statistics and optimisation in People Analytics
  • Top tips for setting up advanced People Analytics
Mar 24, 2017

Episode 10:
Building Global Enterprise Analytics at Nestlé

This week's episode was recorded live at the People Analytics Forum 2016 in London last November.


Being the world's biggest food company, with operations in more countries than the United Nations, Nestlé is never going to be the easiest organisation at which to oversee a global transformation of any kind.

Jordan Pettman led a development team at company HQ to create People Analytics and Workforce Planning tools and methodologies. The success of this project led to the need for a global roll-out for over 300,000 people in 194 countries.

Recorded on camera in the media lounge at People Analytics Forum 2016, Max Blumberg got an unmissable chance to speak in person with Jordan Pettman, and hear his own personal experiences of being at the helm of a project of jaw-dropping scale:

  • Creating an enterprise analytics function when you're one of the world's largest companies
  • Managing data privacy across regional boundaries
  • Dealing with vastly different levels of people analytics maturity and appetite around the world
  • Best practices for IT and people analytics collaboration
  • And much, much more.

Full video footage coming soon!

Mar 9, 2017

Does your organisation have a standard set of definitions for all concepts, relationships and interventions related to your workforce? Does your employee data all fit neatly into pre-defined boxes, with all interconnectivity already clearly mapped out?

No? Well, unsurprisingly, you're not alone.

The goal of standardising HR can seem mirage-like at times, and one could be forgiven for wondering if attempts to impose a framework of logic and statistics on every aspect of Human Capital Management is futile at best.

Nevertheless, most other areas of business operate in precisely this way. As we all know, dealing with humans is very different to dealing with materials and financials. But if the uncountable can be rendered countable, it would mean an immense operational - and consequently strategic - advantage. Effective real-world analytics of any kind relies on precisely this.


For the opening episode of the second season of the People Analytics Podcast, Max Blumberg talks with John Boudreau, one of the most recognised names in HR globally.

As Professor of Management at the University of Southern California, and Director of the Center for Effective Organizations, John's work has appeared regularly in the Harvard Business Review, among other similarly prestigious platforms, and his writing and teaching has influenced HR and Organisational Development around the world for decades.


In a fascinating interview, they discuss:

  • What HR standards really mean for a business

  • How HR practitioners and analysts can use HR standards to improve human capital effectiveness in their organisations

  • Linking people activity to organisational outcomes

  • How you can use supply chain concepts in the recruitment, development and retention of your people.


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