Operational Effectiveness & Real-Time Modules

Develop a deep understanding of Real-Time and establish key operating principles to be better prepared prior to the day, more effective on-the-day and capture understanding and learning. They will be scheduled through the year and you can submit your interest at any point.

Shrinkage: Tracking, Managing and Optimising

Date TBC

This was held on 9th November: Deeper dive into shrinkage, historical tracking, forecasting and incorporating in long and short term planning.

Understand the importance of tracking and manging your shrinkages so they are optimised for your staff. Learning outcomes include:

- What is included in shrinkage?

- The importance of standardised tracking

- How do you categorise to monitor and report?

- Which numbers should you use for planning?

- Why you should spend as much time forecasting Shrinkage as work volumes.

Measures of Success Real Time

Date TBC

Understand how to create the right measures to track and develop your real time effectiveness. Learn how to create the right process, aligned to your strategy and how to take a holistic view when setting measures of success. Learning outcomes include:

- What does good look like? Explore the key characteristics of an ideal real time function and key considerations to develop understanding and learning.

- Define your purpose. Understand how real-time planning can support your business strategy and impact it can have on customers and colleagues.

- Creating the right measures. Understand different perspectives and develop a holistic framework of success measures.

Introduction to Real Time

Date TBC

This module provides an introductory understanding of:

- The fundamental inputs and outputs of Real-Time processes.

- The role of Real-Time Planning within the planning cycle 

- The characteristics of best in class Real-Time teams as evidenced through The Forum's standards-benchmarking programme

Data Visualisation in Real Time

Date TBC

Explore effective ways of presenting data in a meaningful, interesting and engaging way.  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

Volatility vs Flexibility in Real Time

Date TBC

Develop a deeper understanding of your supply and demand intra-day profiles to understand how much flexibility you have and need.

- Understand how to measure the variability of intraday profiles

- Learn how to create triggers for action to flex your staff

- Improve your operational readiness to become more effective

Using RAG models to take action

Date TBC

Understanding how to create effective thresholds to really drive improvement through easy to understanding Red, Amber and Green status.  This module will explore classic mistakes and top tips to improve how you communicate numbers:

- The purpose of Red, Amber and Green status

- Mistakes to avoid

- Top tips, new techniques and tried and tested examples

Shrinkage Calculations

Introduction into shrinkage calculations, tiered shrinkage, historical tracking.  Understand the importance of calculating shrinkages so they are optimised for your operation the key differences and impact on your resource requirements
 - What is included in shrinkage?
 - The importance of calculating shrinkage correctly.
 - Which method should you use for planning, budgeting.

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