Picture the scene: you have been away on holiday for a month; you have been going to the gym hard; you are super toned and super fit. You are feeling good and looking great.
It is the first day back at work and you are looking forward to it. You are looking forward to marching in. You are high on confidence and are keen to make a change. It is time to make a huge impression.
You stride in.
And your colleagues’ eyes raise up from their screens. Someone mutters “morning” in a subdued voice. Back go the eyes to the screen.
Is that it?
What went wrong?
Why did nobody notice the new you?
And then it hits you. You are still wearing the same clothes: old, scruffy and now slightly baggy. There are a few embarrassing holes here and there. You cannot be sure that it is all going to stay together for much longer. How is anyone going to notice the new you in these old things? Depressed, you grab a doughnut, slouch at your desk and gently slip back into your old ways.
And so it is with modelling. People go on modelling courses to improve their modelling skills. Assuming the course is any good – see FAST financial modelling for such a course – they will come back modelling fit, fired up and ready to do great modelling deeds. They will have learned how to build Flexible, Accurate, Structured and Transparent models that are fit for review by somebody else. They are on the brink of transforming the quality and speed of decision making within their organisations.
But how much thought goes into the environment to which they return? Do we really have to work with the same old, poorly structured, flaky financial models? Do we really have to go back tweaking ancient indecipherable code that no-one really understands?
How long can someone spend wrestling with these models before the modelling fitness ebbs away?
What I recommend is a good tailor. I am looking for someone who has the capability, time and capacity to take old models and turn them into something robust using recognised industry standards. I am looking for someone who can prepare the environment for super fit modellers to operate at their best and build a centre of modelling best practice.
F1F9 is well placed to take your modelling team through a FAST financial modelling programme and leave them super fit. F1F9’s modelling team can also rebuild non FAST models rapidly and cost effectively: we practise what we teach. Your modelling environment will benefit from team-based modelling supported by the FAST standard: super fit modellers working with super fit models.
How have you achieved the robust, collaborative modelling environment that so many of us seek? I’d love to hear your thoughts…