In starting your planning effort, choose a manageable scope,
something that you can accomplish within a reasonable period of
time. Build on what you already are doing, if you can, such as
a special recruitment program for a particular occupation or a
development program for a program division. The main thing is
to do something and do it well. Then you can build on it and expand
it, continuing to produce results as you go. Avoid getting bogged
down in the mechanics of the planning.
The scope could involve an:
Issue: Problems with a particular
title or occupation. It could have short-term and long-term
implications, like recruiting for IT titles, nurses
or engineers. It could involve a specific geographical
Initiative: A special initiative as
part of a strategic or operational plan. Your organization
has set a particular goal or objective that will be
met by the initiative. You want to make sure you have
the right people to get the job done.
Organization: The agency as a whole
or an office, division or bureau. You can systematically
plan to meet the staffing needs of a particular organization.
Pick something that will really make a difference in your
agency's or program's results.
In setting the scope you also need to be clear about the time
horizon you are working with. Do you have an urgent situation,
like needing to replace a retiring employee who has unique program
knowledge or skills? Or is there time to plan? (See Scope
for agency information.)