Planning for COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of us and with schools now closed (until further notice) the changes and impacts will continue for some time. It’s during times like this when you need you remember that you are part of a community of best practice, so don’t be alone. The Forum is your friendly, safe environment for sharing ideas, top tips and pitfalls to avoid. In this time of uncertainty its important that we collaborate and work together, bringing together ideas and use this time as an opportunity to learn and continue to raise standards.

We have designed a short series of learning academy modules, along with a top-tips & pitfalls to avoid for homeworking webinar and then a virtual networking group to help you. Phil Anderson has written an article about some of the considerations you might need to make.

Sign up for the live webinars in Series 2.


Measures of Success for Real Time

Hosted on 19th February 2019 By Alison Conaghan

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

Intro to RT (with lessons from the best in class)

Hosted on 8th March 2019 by Phil Anderson

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

Shrinkage: Tracking, Managing and Optimising

Hosted on 14th June 2019 By Leigh McIlwaine

Deeper dive into shrinkage, historical tracking, forecasting and incorporating in long and short term planning. Understand the importance of tracking and managing 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

Using RAG Models to Take Action

Hosted on 5th July 2019 By Phil Anderson

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

Building and optimising Real-time RAG Models

Hosted on 10th March 2020 by David Preece

Drive decisions and continuous improvement by building effective RAG status trigger for actions, which engage the operation and improve performance. This module follows the “Using RAG models to take action”.

- Learn how to set appropriate thresholds for in-day reporting
- Understand different ways of engaging the operation
- Create a learning mechanism to drive continuous improvement

The Strategy Pyramid

Hosted on 28th April 2020 by Ian Robertson

Before setting targets and goals it is important that these are aligned to strategies that support your organisational goals. In this module;
 - Understand your organisational goals
 - See how to balance your strategies
 - Learn how to align the right metrics and targets to your strategies

Conformance & Adherence Value & Management Methods

Hosted on 28th April 2020 by David Preece

Measuring and managing adherence and conformance effectively is critical, however this is often mis-understood and can drive the wrong behaviour.  This module takes a close look at both measures, how they should becalculated and classic mistakes. Learning outcomes include:
 - Understand how to calculate and report adherence and conformance
 - Define new measures which drive the right behaviour
 - Learn the pit falls to avoid and how to improve performance

Shrinkage Calculations

Hosted on 21st May 2020 by David Preece

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.

Threshold & Contingencies

Hosted on 29th May 2020 by David Preece

Drive decisions and continuous improvement by building effectives RAG status trigger for actions, which engage the operation and improve performance. This module follows the “Using RAG models to take action”.
 - Learn how to set appropriate thresholds for in-day reporting
 - Understand different ways of engaging the operation
 - Create a learning mechanism to drive continuous improvement

Intro to The Planning Cycle

Hosted on 8th June 2020 by David Preece

Learn the role planning plays in implementing your strategic objectives.  Understand the importance of your role and how you can help others.
 - Understand how the strategic objective is implemented into a forecasting, scheduling and real-time plan.
 - Learn about the importance of effective data checkpoints, change governance and hand-overs
 - Play a part in driving continuous improvement and become the nerve-centre of the business

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