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

Review Frameworks

Hosted by Ian Robertson

For effective quality and improvement we need review frameworks but these aren’t always as effective as they could be.  In this module we explore the principles that will allow you to design and use your frameworks to deliver real value.
 - Hear about the purpose of review frameworks and the value they can deliver.
 - See the different types of frameworks we need to deliver sustainable improvement
 - Learn from some of the most frequently asked questions from our members.

The Quality & Improvement Cycle

Hosted by Paul Smedley

Learn the role quality and improvement can play in implementing your strategic objectives.  Understand the importance of your role and how you can help others.    
 - Hear how a framework can help us drive success
 - See “The Quality & Improvement Cycle”: step by step
 - Learn how to transform your impact within your operation

The Four Lens Model – Delivering the company’s strategy

Hosted on 24th July 2020 by Ian Robertson

In this module we look at our Strategy Pyramid Model from the perspective of quality and improvement.    
 - Hear how to reduce conflicts within your organisation
 - See how to give focus where it matters
 - Learn how to deliver balanced and sustainable value and benefits that support your organisational strategies

Data Visualisation

Hosted by Ian Robertson

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 

Emotional Engagement & The Power of Stories

Hosted by Ian Robertson

Often facts and data will not get our message across. We need to understand our audience and use emotional engagement techniques to bring our insight to life. In this module we explore some simple emotional engagement techniques to make your communications, presentations and reports more meaningful. We also explore the power of stories in understanding our stakeholders and overcoming their fears and doubts.

The Pyramid Principle for Effective Communication

Hosted on 17th July 2020 by Ian Roberston

Like us our stakeholders have limited time, we rarely read every emails and report we receive end to end, and neither do they. We may have just a few seconds to land our message and get our audience to take action or read on. The pyramid principle is a simple technique to help you structure your communications and reports to quickly answer the “So what?” and land your core message.

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