5 Steps to Getting Your Business on Board with Rolling Forecasts
Mitigate risk with rolling forecasts
Companies often spend weeks or months developing an annual plan or budget for their business, but by the time they’re finished, the market has changed and the budget has become obsolete. There’s a better way: rolling forecasts.
What is a Rolling Forecast?
Instead of being once-a-year exercises, rolling forecasts happen on a regular cadence. Unlike budgets that may have hundreds or thousands of line items, they focus on key business drivers. And rather than focusing on the past, rolling forecasts act as early warning systems when you’ve drifted off course.
Learn how to set your course right with rolling forecasts. Dramatically reduce the time your business spends laboring over the annual plan or budget, so that your assumptions are current and in line with actual market conditions.
By using a rolling forecast process to continually update your forecast with actuals, you’ll be able to quickly adjust the levers that drive performance. In this eBook, you’ll learn tips and tricks for incorporating rolling forecasts into your business including:
- Using a dedicated application instead of spreadsheets to implement your rolling forecast
- Modeling your rolling forecast on drivers instead of details
- Using rolling forecasts to test multiple “what-if” scenarios
- Avoid tying forecasts to targets, measures, or rewards
- Choosing the right forecast timeframe for your industry
We’ll guide you through some of the most important best practices as well as advise you on steps to making rolling forecasts a success in your organization.
What some customer say:
“More than 90% of spreadsheets contain serious errors, while more than 90% of spreadsheet users are convinced that their models are error-free.” ACCA