Upcoming Conferences

The Forum hold key conferences through out the year including our flagship two day Customer Strategy and Planning conference and one day community conferences that offer a great opportunity to learn, share and network.

Look here for our Leadership Forum events

Managing Assumptions

Understand the need for everyone to realise the importance of managing your assumptions and how targets can drive behaviour

 - Consider the importance of assumptions in your models
 - Ensure understanding of the impact of variances through the day and between people
 - Build your stakeholder engagement

Accuracy & Confidence

Date TBC

This course is part of the “strategic analyst” series of webinar, designed to help everyone in analytical roles become a more active contributor to their organisation’s strategic narrative. In this webinar we will explore:

- What is strategy
- Benefits of working at the strategic level
- Making sense of your organisational strategy
- Forecasting with you strategy in mind
- Influencing strategy through forecasting

Data visualisation in Capacity Planning

Explore effective ways of presenting data in a meaningful, interesting and engaging way. Help to make your Capacity Plans easier to understand and improve the way you inform and persuade your key stakeholders.

 - Understand why your existing reports don’t excite or engage your stakeholders
 - Learn the basics of data visualisation and how to communicate information
 - Apply “2 key questions” and start the use the tools and resource you need

1-Day Telling A Story With Numbers Workshop

Date TBC

This one-day training workshop is the opportunity for you to discuss the benefits and implications of different approaches and learn about the critical factors to consider. Use this course to help you determine what approach to develop in your own operation.

  • Be able to display complex data in a simple way
  • Have techniques for emotional engagement
  • Have a clear engagement strategy

Best Practice in Insight, Reporting and Analysis

w/c 8th June, Virtual learning with a face-to-face day in November

Learn the secrets of great analysis and reporting that drives action, whether working on resourcing, customer, performance, analytics or other types of data.

After this session, you will understand;

 - What good looks like: with examples, trends, top tips and pitfalls to avoid
 - How reports & presentations can drive brilliant learning
 - Methods to improve data structure, accuracy and analysis

Planning & Insight in Field & Branch Operations

w/c 29th June, Virtual Learning With A Face-To-Face Day In November

Learn how to apply the whole planning cycle, from capacity to scheduling & real-time, with the chance to explore further your role and where it fits in.

After this session, you will understand;

 - The key drivers of performance and how to explain them
 - How to set up effective data, reporting & comms plans
 - Crucial elements of a good plan and their impacts, including shrinkage, models & forecasting

Planning & Insight in the Back Office

w/c 12th October, Virtual Kickoff

Learn how to apply the whole planning cycle, from capacity to scheduling & real time, with the chance to explore further your role and where it fits in.

After this session, you will understand;

 - The key elements of capacity plans and backlog management
 - How to set up effective data, reporting & comms plans
 - Crucial elements of a good plan and their impacts, including shrinkage, models & forecasting

Free Webinar - 2020 Vision: Crystallising your knowledge Launch

Hosted on 27th April 2020 by Phil Anderson and Paul Smedley

2020 is The Forum’s 20th year and this year we want to look back on our first 20-years and think ahead for the next 20-years. Our vision, back in 2000, was and remains to raise standards in customer operations helping to set standards across Planning, Insight and Quality. Now, having established communities of best practice we can continue to raise standards and prepare for the future.

This year’s theme refers to the clarity and sharpness of vision required to purposely move forward towards your targets, goals and dreams. Whilst recognising the benefit of our fluid thinking over the past 20-years to crystallise our knowledge of best practice and standards.

 - “Purpose, Learning and Self-Awareness” Keynote from The Forum’s Phil Anderson
 - 2020 Best Practice Guide launch and chapter review
 - 2020 Best Practice Programme – how to get involved

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Previous Conferences

Catch up on the presentations from our previous conferences.

National Conference November 6th 2019

Catch up with the Planning, Insight and Quality Conferences

Our National Planning, Insight and Quality conferences were co-located, a high value, action-oriented day of networking and knowledge sharing that is relevant to your job role, whether an analyst or a leader. Catch up on the Keynote videos and session presentation slides by clicking read more.

This highly-rated event is far more than just a conference.

- New ideas and techniques to take back into your organisation
- Great ways to benchmark, develop new ideas and network with fellow professionals
- An exceptional blend of stimulating speakers and practical workshops
- Learn first-hand from practitioners and business leaders across many different sectors

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As a member, you are not on your own but part of a community with others facing many similar challenges. We are here to help you to make a tangible impact in your organisation and show how developing the capability of each specialist professional function is fundamental to your business.

Book for one of our events to experience our exceptional community or get in touch to talk about how we can help you and your teams to be fully effective in adding value to your business. Email advice@theforum.social, call 0333 123 5960 or contact any of The Forum team


About us

As an independent association established since 2000, we offer a trusted space for professionals in contact centre, field service, back office or retail operation. Benchmark against the best in class and learn from innovators and pioneers.

Learning Academy

Upcoming modules

We have a wide range of virtual modules coming up.

Covid-19 Series

You have a community of support at The Forum. See the series of free webinars to help you through this unusual situation.

Conferences

Customer Strategy & Planning 2020
28th & 29th September 2020
Learn first-hand from practitioners and business leaders who are delivering successful change.

National Conferences 2019
Catch up on the highlights
Annual conferences dedicated to the needs of their communities.

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