I hope to show the analytical power that is now available to the FP&A practitioner and how it can drive business change in a structured manner; a method that involves considerably less effort than I had to apply all those years ago.
Jack Welch was quoted as saying, “If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change
Data Storytelling is a discipline at the intersection of data analytics, psychology, and design. It allows you to convey data insights in the form of a compelling visual story. This short article explains why we need data storytelling, how to do it, and what we can expect at the end.
For FP&A, effective communication centres on 'storytelling' — the art of conveying numerical analysis as a cohesive narrative instead of a set of disjointed figures. It is hard to overstate the importance of storytelling. How FP&A professional presents their data determines how they are viewed
The New Normal means that planning is no longer an extrapolation of the past. Similarly, business drivers that worked last year may no longer be relevant for the future. The reality is that organizations face multiple possible futures. Each one can be triggered by a crisis or an unforeseen event that will require the company to adjust or even change course.
So how should FP&A adapt to this New Normal?
There has never been greater uncertainty and a faster pace of change than over the past months.
And yet, at a time that requires speed and agility, and in a function that needs these qualities more than others, we cleave to our traditional management accounting methods and adhere to our longstanding processes.