Virtual Networking Groups

Our professional community is a unique, safe place to meet and share best practice. Join our networking groups to discuss your challenges and explore new ideas with like-minded professionals. These events are open to everyone, members and non-members (for a taster period). If you would like to join any of the groups you can click on the images below. Don't worry if you cannot make one of the meetings we will keep you involved in future dates. Or you can register for more than one group here. 

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Managing Assumptions

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

Accuracy & Confidence

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

1-Day Telling A Story With Numbers Workshop

1-Day Telling A Story With Numbers Workshop

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
Introduction to MI & Insight

Introduction to MI & Insight

This module provides an introductory understanding of:

- the fundamental inputs and outputs of the MI and Insight processes.

- the role of MI and Insight within the planning cycle 

- the characteristics of best in class MI and Insight teams as evidenced throgh The Forum's standards-benchmarking programme

Measures of Success for MI and Insight

Measures of Success for MI and Insight

Understand how to create the right measures to track and develop your MI and Insight efforts. 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.

Predictive Analysis, Insight & Forecasting

Predictive Analysis, Insight & Forecasting

15th Feb 2022, 10:30 - 12:00

18th May 2022, 10:30 - 12:00

Reporting & MI Automation

Reporting & MI Automation

1st Mar 2022, 9:30 - 11:00

19th May 2022, 9:30 - 11:00

Free Webinar - 2020 Vision: Crystallising your knowledge Launch

Free Webinar - 2020 Vision: Crystallising your knowledge Launch

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

Networking Group for Predictive Analytics, Insight & Forecasting

Networking Group for Predictive Analytics, Insight & Forecasting

13th July 2021, 11:30 - 13:00

12 October 2021, 11:30 - 13:00

Reporting & MI Automation

Reporting & MI Automation

15th July 2021, 9:30 - 11:00

14th October 2021, 9:30 - 11:00

9th December 2021, 9:30 - 11:00

Networking Group for Predictive Analytics, Insight & Forecasting

Networking Group for Predictive Analytics, Insight & Forecasting

12 October 2021, 11:30 - 13:00

7th December 2021, 11:30 - 13:00

Planning & Insight in Field & Branch Operations

Planning & Insight in Field & Branch Operations

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 Assisted Learning Pathway

Planning & Insight in the Back Office Assisted Learning Pathway

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

Best Practice in Insight, Reporting and Analysis Assisted Learning Pathway

Best Practice in Insight, Reporting and Analysis Assisted Learning Pathway

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 the Back Office Assisted Learning Pathway

Planning & Insight in the Back Office Assisted Learning Pathway

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

Best Practice in Insight, Reporting and Analysis Assisted Learning Pathway

Best Practice in Insight, Reporting and Analysis Assisted Learning Pathway

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

Planning & Insight in Field & Branch Operations

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

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