In this article, Steve Morlidge argues that the quality of business forecasting is unacceptably poor. He goes on to present six simple principles that will help executives significantly improve the performance of their forecast processes.
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Imagine you have 3 minutes to explain to a six year old what FP&A is and what place it takes in a business ecosystem. Tough, isn’t it? What are things that a six year old would understand? For example, animals, right?
A twenty nine year old newly minted FP&A manager for an NYSE listed public company sat in utter bewilderment across CEO and CFO, as the CFO said to CEO, “the most important position in his department is FP&A”.
At a high level, the best-performing organisations take a more rigorous approach to FP&A. They have tightly integrated all the components of FP&A, merged operational and financial planning, and have a deep understanding of how operational metrics drive their financial results.