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

Customer Strategy & Planning 2021

26th - 30th April, Virtually

This highly-rated event is far more than just a conference. Designed specifically for Planning, Insight and Quality & Customer Experience Professionals. Learn first-hand from practitioners and business leaders who are delivering successful change. Bring new ideas and techniques back into your organisation.

- Established and high-profile speakers, many of whom have never spoken for us before.
- Great ways to benchmark, develop new ideas and network with fellow professionals.
- Inspiring case studies from key brands, in different sectors and type of organisation.
- Focussed discussions and presentations


Previous Conferences

Catch up on the presentations from our previous conferences.

Planning & Insight in Field & Branch Operations

Next Date TBC

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

Virtual Networking Group for Asynchronous Messaging

9th December 2021, 13:30 - 15:00

More and more of us are using asynchronous messaging to contact our customers. This is the chance to network and learn from fellow professionals in our virtual group. The small group discussions include the issues raised by members. 

Virtual Networking Group for Planning

7th December 2021, 13:30 - 15:00

This group will discuss current hot-topics as well as ideas to engage and influence stakeholders.

Redefining the role and responsibility of Planning; Creating the right team to deliver value

Regenerating, rejuvenating or just reviewing your role and responsibilities is a great way to continuously improve. 2020 has been a year to rethink and reflect on how we used to do things, how we need to respond now and to consider what the future could bring. There may have always been problems which have never been addressed, and the response to handling COVID-19 has exacerbated the problems; you may be under difficult cost challenges and need to adapt; or, you want to stay ahead of the game and look for new opportunities. It doesn’t matter why, what does matter is that you are willing to challenge your current state and think about positive change. Redefining the Planning team is a healthy way of re-engaging with stakeholders and the wider business, so everyone is clear on their role and responsibility.

Virtual Networking Group for Asynchronous Messaging

14th October 2021, 13:30 - 15:00

More and more of us are using asynchronous messaging to contact our customers. This is the chance to network and learn from fellow professionals in our virtual group. The small group discussions include the issues raised by members. 

Virtual Networking Group for Planning

12th October 2021, 13:30 - 15:00

This group will discuss current hot-topics as well as ideas to engage and influence stakeholders.

Planning & Insight in the Back Office Assisted Learning Pathway

w/c 6th September 2021, 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

Operational Readiness & Effectiveness Assisted Learning Pathway

W/C 6th September, Virtual Learning

Learn how to determine the optimal approach and build an operational playbook, in order to improve your Real-Time function and tactical planning framework.

After this course, you will understand;

 - The role of Real-Time and how to add most value as analysts
 - The predictability/impact of events. How to set effective triggers and actions
 - How to analyse your flexibility demands and manage shrinkage

Scheduling & Wellness: Managing Flexibility Assisted Learning Pathway

W/C 6th September, Virtual Learning

Learn about lifestyle and wellness options that help balance people with business needs and explore the volatility of your operations’ workload.

After this course, you will understand;

 - How to analyse your flexibility requirements and opportunities
 - What options are available to improve your coverage while supporting wellness & lifestyle
 - How to develop a flexibility strategy that is a corporate asset

Capacity Planning, Forecasting & Budgets Assisted Learning Pathway

W/C 6th September 2021, Virtual Learning

This course gives you knowledge to support you in your role and overcome the obstacles you face, to help you create a culture of data-driven decision making.

After this course, you will understand;

 - The key numbers in a capacity plan & how to explain them
 - How plans & forecasts flows from strategy & budgets through the entire planning cycle
 - Managing data to ensure a single version of the truth

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


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Conferences

Customer Strategy & Planning 2021
26th - 30th April, Virtually
Learn first-hand from practitioners and business leaders who are delivering successful change.

National Conferences 2020
Catch up on the highlights
Annual conferences dedicated to the needs of their communities.

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