Academy Box Sets

Take the opportunity to gain accreditation in a specific subject. Our Box Sets are groups of related modules that help you focus your learning. The full box set cost includes your accreditation. To complete accreditation, you need to watch all five modules and send an email to accreditation@theforum.social to describe what you have taken from the modules and how you have applied these in your role.
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Student takeaways

One of our members from Lifeplus completed the Capacity Planning, Budgeting & Forecasting box set these are the headline takeaways:
 - A small impact in your field can have a good effect higher up in the ranks at board level i.e. matching up with a higher strategic objective
 - Planning teams need to collaborate with other areas/organisations, engage stakeholders
 - Increase Operational effectiveness - As a team, we have vastly increased our communication channels 
 - Improve and manage the flow of your data cycle and version control
 - Long Term: Financial and Budget Planning – Operational: Drives capacity, scenario planning, and risk
 - In the middle of a transformation/plan, the challenges are still there, and targets not being met --> this must lead to evolving the approach to capacity and demand
 - Improve the quality of the data, focussing on what/why/how, determine what happened to the customer base
 - Demonstrating Value and ROI – benefits achieved, costs avoided, risks avoided

Box Set: Shrinkage

Published on 06 July 2020

Box Set: Shrinkage

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The Modules

Introduction to Shrinkage
Discover what shrinkage is and the correct way to calculate basic shrinkage and tiered (or primary and secondary shrinkage). In this module, you will;

  • Understand the problems caused by incorrectly calculating shrinkage
  • Learn about when it is best to use budget shrinkage targets and when using recent historical data will be to your advantage.
  • See the value of managing shrinkage and the return on investment that it can bring to your business.

The Planning Wheel (plus exercise)
In this module, you will be introduced to our Planning Wheel, a device for illustrating how 100% of the time spent in your centre is being used.

  • Learn the critical factors of shrinkage management and the pitfalls to avoid
  • Discover the importance of forecasting human behaviour and shrinkage and how you can influence shrinkage through your work
  • Complete an exercise based on your own business to help you to understand the Planning Wheel

Planning & Tracking Shrinkage
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:

  • How to ensure that you are able to track your shrinkage data across all time horizons: annual, Monthly, Weekly, Daily
  • The benefits of shrinkage categorisation when it comes to successful tracking
  • How the inter-connectedness of Shrinkage categories makes effectively managing shrinkage challenging

Tiered Shrinkage
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.

Benchmarking Shrinkage
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;

  • Learn different research and benchmarking methods that are available for you to use
  • Find out about the best types of questions that you can ask to assist your benchmarking
  • Get a plan for external benchmarking amongst your peers

The cost of this mini series is great value at £295 + VAT  and free for students on our assisted learning pathway.

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