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What is a rolling forecast?

With many organizations questioning the validity and usefulness of
annual planning the search is on for an alternative. Quarterly rolling
forecasting and planning appears to solve all the major issues. This chapter
explores the foundations stones and the key implementation steps required
for a rolling forecasting and planning process to work.

The quarterly rolling forecasting (QRF) process is where management […]

By |February 18th, 2020|Comments Off on What is a rolling forecast?

The 14 Foundation stones of a quarterly rolling forecast (QRF) process

1. Abandoning processes that do not work
2. The QRF model should be built by in-house resources
3. Separation of targets from realistic forecasts
4. A quarterly process using the wisdom of the crowd
5. Forecast beyond year-end (e.g., six quarters ahead)
6. The monthly targets are set, a quarter ahead, from the QRF
7. A quarter-by-quarter funding mechanism
8. The annual […]

By |September 7th, 2017|Comments Off on The 14 Foundation stones of a quarterly rolling forecast (QRF) process

Seven tips to speed up planning and forecasting

 

In the past accountants have tried in vain to budget at an ever more detailed level to somehow see into the future. It was and is now still a pointless exercise. We need to acknowledge that it will be wrong so let’s get it wrong quicker! Albeit as close as possible to the future actuals. […]

By |September 7th, 2017|Comments Off on Seven tips to speed up planning and forecasting

One day focus group workshop on quarterly rolling forecasting

The workshop is important for a number of reasons:

there are many pitfalls in such a project and many have failed to deliver
a wide ownership is required and a focus group can have a huge impact on the selling process
the foundation stones need to be understood and put in place early on in […]

By |February 6th, 2013|Comments Off on One day focus group workshop on quarterly rolling forecasting

Groundbreaking Toolkit That Fixes The Forecasting Nightmares (Late nights in the office, Errors, Too much detail)

Groundbreaking Toolkit That Fixes Forecasting Nightmares
(Late nights in the office, errors, too much detail)

By |March 6th, 2011|Comments Off on Groundbreaking Toolkit That Fixes The Forecasting Nightmares (Late nights in the office, Errors, Too much detail)

Articles

The advantages of rolling forecasts
Annual planning, as businesses use it today, is one of the greatest mistakes organisations have made since 1494, the year Pacioli wrote about double-entry bookkeeping in Summa de arithmetica, geometria, proportioni et proportionalità. The first writers to put annual planning to the sword were Jeremy Hope and Robin Fraser in their […]

By |November 6th, 2010|0 Comments

About

DAVID PARMENTER is an international presenter who is known for his thought provoking and lively sessions that have led to substantial change in many organizations.

His work on quarterly rolling Forecasting and planning has lead him to an understanding of the importance of replacing the dysfunctional annual planning process with a system that is fast, flexible […]

By |November 6th, 2010|0 Comments