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.

Planning for COVID-19, Free Learning Academy Series, Homeworking Webinar and Networking Group

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.

Simply click the link to register for these free learning academy modules, webinar and networking group. 

If you miss any of these webinars you can watch the recordings in your own time. The links to recorded webinars are posted at the bottom of this page.


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

Conformance / Adherence: Value and management methods

Hosted on 12th April 2019 by Phil Anderson

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 calculated 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

Data visualisation in Real Time

Hosted on 23rd April 2019 By Phil Anderson

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 Flex in Real Time

Hosted on 17th May 2019 By Phil Anderson

Develop a deeper understanding of your supply and demand intraday 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

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

Shrinkage Calculations

Hosted 8th November 2019 by Alison Conaghan

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.

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

Free Webinar: Planning for COVID-19: Part 4 Real-Time

Hosted on 9th April 2020 by Phil Anderson

The need for agility and flexibility is always great: at times like these, they are of paramount importance.  This session will show you how a focus on automation can help to release bandwidth for insight and analysis to benefit your organisation. 

 - Understand the flexibility toolkit and how it can be applied
 - Automate key functions and speed up Real Time response times
 - Close the loop to enable Learning & Understanding

This is the fourth in a four-part series in the Planning COVID-19 learning academy series.
 

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