Other Notable Entries:
SCDigst editor Dan Gilmore attended a meeting of JDA Software's Demand Optimization Council last week, a group very focused on things like consensus forecasting, and solicited a number of captions from attendees. Here are some of the best:
"Angry Birds, the real-life version!"
"I told you it was a bad idea to invite the finance guy!"
"We are collectively agreeing to disagree."
Stanley Black and Decker
"The usual chit-chat before the meeting begins."
Near Winners from other entries:
"Is this the Forecast Meeting or did I mistakenly enter an episode of The Celebrity Apprentice?"
"Should we continue to wait for the folks from Sales, or just start without them?”
Triad Logistics Partners, LLC
"So then, we all agree – we will either oversell or undersell the forecast next month.”
Shanta Yocum, CPIM
More Good Ones:
"So: 1000, 10,000 or 0? Opinions anyone?"
Harold was not a weatherman, but he knew the forecast:
"Early morning hot air blasts from all directions, causing local tempers to flare, generating increasingly heated mid-day arguments, early afternoon disagreements, and late afternoon clouded judgements, followed by an end of the day vote."
David "Mac" McCracken
International Supplier Quality Consultants
"We just need to tell them approximately when we think we can all agree."
"Before being selected for these meetings, they used to be good friends."
"The breakthrough will come when someone has to take a restroom break."
"You are right. I know nothing about forecasting, BUT ... I was captain of the debate team in high school."
"A consensus is NOT in the forecast and I’m tired of meeting about it!"
CSM Bakery Supplies North America
"So once we hash out our Idol picks, maybe we can fit in some Q3 sales projections?"
“Alright then, if that’s no good can we reschedule the meeting to Tuesday the 5th?"
USANA Health Sciences (NZ) Corporation
“I feel more like I do right now than I ever have before!”
Jon B. Schroeter
The Boeing Company
(We don't exactly get it, but laughed anyways; Jon tells us there is a story behind this.)
"For the consensus forecast we expect an 85% chance of “that’s non-negotiable” with scattered “compromise is not an option”…"
"It doesn't matter that I don't understand your department. I think you should do what I say…."
“You think this is fun, just wait until our Annual Planning Session!”
Stephen G. Smith
“Hey, you in the green tie! Why aren’t you making any excuses?”