Planning For COVID-19 Series 2

The latest Government lockdown announcement felt unfortunately familiar. Though this feels like “we’ve been here before” and we have a huge amount of learning from 2020, there are a number of subtle differences from 2020. There is no doubt there are now plenty of Known Knowns, we don’t know what the new unknown unknown’s are.

As always The Forum is here to support you and we wanted to let you know how you can get involved and feel supported over the next few months. We are also hosting our regular networking groups in the coming months.

Recorded webinars are listed at the bottom of the page.

Catch up with the webinars in Series 1.



Measures of Success for MI and Insight

Hosted on 12th March 2019 By Ian Robertson

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.

Measures of Success: Balanced Scorecards

Hosted on 30th April 2019 By Ian Robertson

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

Gathering Qualitative Feedback

Hosted 14th June 2019 by Phil Anderson

Hear about different methods for collecting information along with the pitfalls to avoid. Learn how to engage with your stakeholder to gather feedback and information to improve your planning.

- Understand different methods for gathering feedback
- Improve your questioning skills and start to gather honest usable feedback
- Learn how to gather feedback that make you feel good

Understanding & Managing Sample Bias

Hosted on 13th December 2019 by Ian Robertson

 - How to Identify Sample Bias & ensure you reduce the likelihood of bias
 - The impact on your data and insight validity from Sample Bias and the potential impact to your business
 - Common Sample Bias issues to look out for

Descriptive Statistics - Part 1

Hosted on 20th March 2020 by Ian Robertson

It is easy to lie with statistics it is easier to lie without them. Whether we are an analyst or a decision maker a basic knowledge of statistical knowledge is essential to;

 - Understand the predictability, variability and repeatability of our data and allow us to separate the exceptions from the normal
 - Ensure we are giving the right message
 - Make sure we aren’t being mislead and are focussing on the normal rather than the rare exceptions

In this pre-recorded webinar module we the introduce the principles of statistics including, standard deviation, standard error and confidence levels. The accompanying excel workbook allows you to pause and play, and practice with real life examples at your own speed. 
 

Telling a Story with Numbers

Hosted on 7th April 2020 by Ian Robertson & Phil Anderson

In this webinar we explore techniques for presenting and communicating data to support turning insight into action. These include:
 - The Pyramid Principle
 - Emotional Engagement
 - The Pattern of Great Presentations

Root Cause Analysis

Hosted on 21st April 2020 by Ian Robertson

Root cause analysis is a core skill for analysts and forecasters but is something that few of us do well.  If we want to predict or shape the future it is vital that we understand the past.  In this webinar we will explore

- Why do we need root cause analysis
- How do we ensure we are asking the right questions
- Common Mistakes
- Use of technology to support root cause analysis

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

Target Typology

Hosted on 30th April 2020 by Ian Robertson

How do you avoid your targets being misunderstood, misinterpreted and misused. In this module;
 - Learn the different target types
 - Understand tolerances & triggers
 - Avoid common mistakes

Performance Records, Data Tables, Rigour and Governance

Hosted on 5th May 2020 by Ian Robertson

Clear documentation and structure can help us remove single points of failure, avoid arguments, ensure a single version of the truth and avoid duplicated work. In this module;
 - See how to create a data dictionary to ensure a single version of the truth
 - Learn techniques to ensure metrics are used to drive the right behaviours
 - Facilitate exception based reporting with agreed triggers

Benchmarking

Hosted On 12th May 2020 By Ian Robertson

Benchmarking is important in understanding best practice, comparing ourselves with our competitors and becoming the best, but there are many pitfalls to avoid. In this module;
 - Hear the value of benchmarking
 - Learn how to avoid the common mistakes
 - Hear our top tips for benchmarking

Dealing with Ad hoc Requests

Hosted on 14th May 2020 by David Preece and Ian Robertson

Not all ad hoc requests are time-stealers!  Some of them add value and insight and quickly become BAU work.  This session looks at the art behind identifying what is urgent and valuable and what isn’t.
 - Understand the inevitability of Ad Hoc requests
 - Learn how to prioritise requests and eliminate waste
 - See how asking the right questions enables you to quickly understand the driver behind the request

Delivering value with targets

Hosted on 19th May 2020 by Ian Robertson

There is no point setting targets if they don’t deliver value and benefits. In this module;
 - Learn how good targets can deliver value, benefits and return on investment
 - See the pros and cons of competitive and collaborate targets
 - Hear how to avoid targets driving the wrong behaviours

Descriptive Statistics - Part 2a

Hosted on 29th May 2020 by Ian Robertson

Following on from Descriptive Statistics Part 1. In this module we look at applying these techniques to real life scenarios, you will receive exercises to complete before we talk you through the solutions.

Descriptive Statistics - Part 2b

Hosted on 29th May 2020 by Ian Robertson

Following on from Descriptive Statistics Part 1. In this module we look at applying these techniques to real life scenarios, you will receive exercises to complete before we talk you through the solutions.

Descriptive Statistics - Part 2c

Hosted on 29th May 2020 by Ian Robertson

Following on from Descriptive Statistics Part 1. In this module we look at applying these techniques to real life scenarios, you will receive exercises to complete before we talk you through the solutions.

Introduction to the Insight Cycle

Hosted on 8th June 2020 by Ian Robertson

Our best practice framework for data, analytics & insight, has the Scientific method at its heart and draws inspiration from methods that drove success with the planning framework last year. In this module we;   
 - Explore the scientific method
 - Introduce our new insight cycle
 - Share an exercise to identify the gaps and opportunity in your data, analytics and insight processes.

Identifying Opportunities from Patterns & Exceptions

Hosted on 9th June 2020 by Ian Robertson

To innovate and be the best that we can we need to identify and exploit the best opportunities not just to improve but also to learn.

In this module we explore,
 - How to find the right opportunities
 - Creating time to learn and improve
 - Striking the right balance between proactive & reactive insight
 

Problem Statements & Hypotheses

Hosted on 10th June 2020 by Ian Robertson

In this module we look at Problem Statements and creating and testing hypotheses

Accuracy & Confidence

Hosted on 15th June 2020 by Ian Robertson

Accuracy is important in any insight or forecast we produce but 100% accuracy is often not possible. In this module we will explore some statistical techniques to understand the accuracy and limitations of our insight and forecasts and how to communicate this with your stakeholders. In this module we will cover:
 - Standard Deviation  
 - Margin of error  
 - The language of confidence

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