Learning 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.
Each Box Set costs £295 +VAT. (Free to anyone on an Assisted Learning Pathway). Click on the descriptions below to book your place now.

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

Advanced Forecasting Techniques and Analysis Tools

Hosted on 19th June 2020 By David Preece & Ian Robertson

There are many different forecasting techniques and analysis tools available to the modern planner.  This session will introduce delegates to some of the more common ones in use today.
 - Learn about pure Time Series methodologies
 - Understand Standard Deviation and it can be used to improve forecasting
 - See how explanatory modelling can benefit your business

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
 

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

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.

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.

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 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 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. 
 

Operating & Budget Plans

Hosted on 9th June 2020 by David Preece

Learn how important it is to define the operating model and then agree the key assumptions to form the budget.  See practical examples of budget and operating models and explore the importance of accurate forecasts and agreed assumptions.
 - Understand the key assumptions to start calculating FTE requirement.
 - Classic mistakes and pitfalls to avoid