FP&A helps create sources of future value whilst being on top of how much value is being created at present. Neither of these two things is as easy to measure at any one point in time. So, how can we answer the question “is FP&A delivering what is expected of it”?
When we talk about performance measurement, KPIs are a common tool. It can be a financial measure or an operational measure. However, in recent years, KPIs seem to have fallen out of favour because it fails as a useful indicator of business performance. Should we abandon KPI? This article looks at the importance of designing and defining appropriate KPIs in performance measurement.
Setting targets and defining KPIs is one of the key tasks of FP&A professionals. Defining KPIs is tricky. When properly done they can really drive performance, but sometimes it is the other way around. We see this in the following practical example of the application of the Logical Thinking Process methodology for problem solving.
Over the years I’ve learnt a few things about implementing performance measurement systems in practice. These suggestions apply equally whether we are talking about key performance indicators, scorecards or dashboards.
Kaplan and Norton’s Balanced Scorecard is a familiar concept, still widely used today, often falling to FP&A or Strategic Planning teams to create and then monitor. This process can be very challenging and problematic to deliver. This blog focuses on some practical observations and tips regarding the implementation of a scorecard, designed to help you get buy-in from the rest of the organisation.
Working at a local business unit often doesn’t give you access to sophisticated corporate systems to monitor performance. However, as a financial you are quickly immersed into daily operations, learning how things really work. A sample will be given of key indicators used to improve the cash forecast and position of a business unit.