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Finance Business Partner and Design Thinking - Mapping Tools

By Christopher Andrew Heathcote Finance business partner and FP&A Contractor,

The application of design thinking involves the creation of solutions in the meeting of an objective. Unlike a purely analytical approach it begins with the solution and utilises resources from across the enterprise to bring about its creation.

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Could FP&A help your company survive a downturn?

By James Myers, Global Finance Executive and Finance Transformation Consultant

Companies reducing the size of their Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) finance teams are cutting valuable resources in the misbelief that is not a priority. That’s untrue. So what’s the role of FP&A in today’s company anyway?

Our worlds are moving at hyper speed, so to be successful we need focus on our core mission. In FP&A this mission is to help organizations accumulate new knowledge faster than their competition. 

James Myers is the founder and CEO of FP&A Strategy Consulting, helping to accelerate finance transformation resulting in smarter organizations that focus their talent on issues that matter.

James is a thought leader in FP&A and has presented at many Finance summits.  He has also held various finance and operations leadership roles in multinationals such as Dell and Nokia and has clients such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise.  James holds advanced degrees in finance and accounting and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.  In his spare time he is also a Co-Program lead for the Silicon Valley Startup Leadership Program and runs the Silicon Valley Power BI User Group.


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Everything Twists Around Data. FP&A Analytics Maturity Model and Data Management

By Irina Steenbeek, ABN AMRO Bank N.V. , Data management consultant,

As promised in the previous article, let us go deeper into the relationship between FP&A and Data management (DM) and see how Data management enriches your FP&A role and successes.

The Missing Link in Finance Business Partnering Assignment

By Hyder Hasan, Global Finance Director at PureCircle

The concept of business partnering is more than two decades old and till now employees, at all levels, have not fully understood the fundamental point of Business Partnering roles. Even the companies which consider themselves ahead of the curve on implementing business partnering and have produced tons of reading material & presentations to make business partnering more effective, have only thought of the functional and operational elements of business partnering role. At the end of the day, our business partners are the ultimate judge of the quality of finance business partnering and just a confidential feedback will help to understand the variation in expectations and delivery.

The not So Obvious Facets of Budgeting and Forecasting

By Timo Wienefoet, Managing Partner at IMPLEXA GmbH

No matter for a budget season or a continuous forecasting: the human factor is randomly covered in the process that may bring the best and the worst of management culture. A special eye on bias during the Performance Management and goal setting process is essential for process quality and to the FP&A skillset.  Missing the mark is suboptimal and settling for the wrong one has dire consequences for the company. Hopefully, it does, because planning without effect qualifies the planner as irrelevant to the business.

Time to shed light on the behavioral side of financial planning. With a twinkling eye, the not so obvious psychological patterns unexpectedly surface during every planning season.

„The greatest danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.“ (Michelangelo)