Predicting the Future

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21st Century Budgets and Projections

We all make predictions in our personal and professional lives.  We base our decisions to marry, buy a house, launch a new product or hire staff on expectations about the future.  How can we use best practices and current research to improve our ability to predict the future?

We will examine current best practices in forecasting to help us prepare better budgets and projections. We will also examine budgeting pitfalls and ways to avoid budget traps.  We will discuss the risks that cause actual results to vary from our predictions and discuss methods to deal with both known and unknown risks.

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Topics Discussed:

Making Predictions

  • Why great predictions are not intuitive
  • How to separate correlation from causation
  • How to recognize and overcome bias
  • Who is Thomas Bayes and why he matters

Becoming a Great Predictor

  • Why the ability to doubt helps
  • Why it is better to be a fox than a hedgehog
  • How non-conformists change the world
  • Learn from the past without hindsight bias

Creating Great Projections and Budgets

  • Why the many purposes and types of budgets and projections cause distortions
  • How benchmarking and metrics have changed the budget process

Why Black Swan Risks Matters

  • What is Black Swan risk
  • Why the risk you don’t know can hurt you
  • Protect your company from unknowable risks

Case Studies and Discussion

The course material includes group discussion and case studies.

Target Audience:  This seminar is for those who prepare, review, evaluate and use budgets and projections.

Level of Knowledge:  Intermediate

CPE Credit:  8 hours group live

Area of Study:  Accounting

Prerequisite:  None

Advance Preparation:  Bring a calculator

Author:  John F. Levy

Acronym:  PTF

Scheduling:  Schedule with Finance and Innovation to provide a two-day series.

Note:  We previously offered portions of this seminar under the title Creating the Best Projections You Can.