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Do you want to make a difference and inspire other Anaplan users like you?  You are in the right place! If you are interested in becoming an Anaplan Group Leader, we want to hear from you. Please complete the following steps below to apply. We cannot wait to have you join our mission to bring Anaplanners together! Step One: What is the Groups Program all about? We want to make sure you know exactly what the Groups Program is—and if it's the right fit for you. Familiarize yourself with the Groups mission and vision, and be sure to check out the main Groups page to see all the currently active and thriving Groups.  Step Two: Great! What will I need to do?   We are passionate about our Groups program and want to ensure you are just as passionate. Our rule of thumb is that you get back what you put in and we want to ensure each Group is active and thriving. As a Group Leader you will be expected to spend up to ~30 minutes per week (on average) creating an engaging environment and opportunities for interaction. Take a look at the Group Leader Guidebook to get a glimpse of what that entails, and see if you're comfortable with the level of effort expected and support provided.  Step Three: I want to make a difference. Sign me up! Up for the task? We believe you are, and we will be here for you every step of the way. To officially apply to be an Anaplan Group Leader, please fill out the online application and agreement. Once you have completed these, expect to hear from the Anaplan Groups team within a week of applying. Thank you!
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Welcome Future Leader!   Attached you will find our Anaplan Groups Leader Guidebook. The guidebook will provide a glimpse into the expectations, benefits and requirements of being a Group Leader. It will walk you through the five basic steps to get a new group started and keep it thriving. Once you are a Group Leader, we have many additional resources to help guide you through leading a group. Our goal is to ensure you are equipped with the tools and information needed to be the best Group Leader for our members. We want our Group Leaders to feel empowered to be self-sufficient and successful with their groups.  If you have any questions about becoming a Group Leader please email groups@anaplan.com
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Submit a Request To submit a request, please email   Groups@anaplan.com   with the following information: Subject: New Group Request Body:  Person/s or team submitting request. A general outline of your request. Audiences impacted by request (employees, customers, partners, etc.). Timeline and/or frequency. Rationale for request (research conducted?, VSEM initiative? department need?) Tracking your Request Each request is automatically added to the  Groups Trello board . Our service-level agreement to you includes: Requests are reviewed weekly and updated frequently. Requests are prioritized by level of impact (Customer First!), level of effort, and all other details provided within the request. An initial response from a member of the Groups team   within 48 business hours. A kickoff scoping meeting with a member/s of the Groups team (when necessary). Assigned due dates and progress updates visible to you within each Trello card.
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What is an Anaplan Group? A Group is a space for people with similar interests, issues, or objectives to collaborate and share their Connected Planning journeys. Groups are often located in the same geographic region and include options to communicate and work together through both in-person, and virtual Groups as well as online with Groups in the Community. Groups provide an opportunity for in-person collaboration with other Anaplan users to discuss your connected planning journey. Groups in the Community are provided dedicated spaces within the Anaplan Community to foster interaction all year long. Here you can ask questions, share best practices, learn how others are using Anaplan, or continue conversations that began at an offline Group.  What is the goal of the Anaplan Groups program? Anaplan Groups are a valuable and educational resource for all Anaplan users. Anaplan Groups bring together like minded individuals in particular regions, and industries to network with their local Anaplan community, and discuss and collaborate on best practices to get the most out of Anaplan.  How much of a time commitment is required? To run a successful and valuable Group, we recommend the Group leader commit about 1 -3 hours per week to maintain the group. This includes providing updates to the Group, engaging with members in the Group forum, planning upcoming events, and promoting upcoming events. As with many things, what you get out of it depends on what you put into it. Users who actively initiate and participate in conversations and events tend to have a richer experience than those who quietly observe. That said, there's no right or wrong way, and we invite you to engage at whatever level you feel comfortable with! In-person Groups last, on average, around 3-4 hours, and take place 1-4 times per year depending on the region. For Groups in the Community, we recommend checking in often to keep the conversations going and ensure you don’t miss any valuable information. Groups are designed to help you in your connected planning journey, with that in mind there is no required time commitment. I am new to Anaplan, can I still lead a Group? We ask that you have been with Anaplan, in good standing, for at least 6 months before becoming a Group leader. We want to ensure that our Group leaders are experienced and comfortable with the Anaplan software. Can I have a co-leader? Yes you can and we highly recommend it! Having 1 or 2 people help you manage the Group is beneficial for both you and the group. What is the ideal number of customers needed to start a Group? Preferably, at least 10 customer accounts within 1 hour traveling distance is ideal. With virtual only groups, the driving distance will not be consider in the decision for a new group. How does Anaplan support the Anaplan Groups program? Every Group has at least one dedicated leader who has agreed to help facilitate online discussions and events. When the Group Leader is a customer, they work with an Anaplan liaison who provides assistance when necessary. The Anaplan Groups program staff on the Community team is always standing by to help address concerns and meet additional needs. The Groups program staff also provides support for program processes, tools, and resources for Leaders. Anaplan wants every Group to be a success, so we are always looking for additional ways to help. Reach out to us anytime at groups@anaplan.com.  How do I Request a New Group? If you are interested in starting a new group, please prepare your reason for why you want a new group, who will run the group, and your 1-year engagement plan. Then, you can then submit a request to CommunityRequests@anaplan.com.  How do I become a Group Leader? To start, please fully read the Leader Guidebook to ensure you accept the terms of the program. You can then submit a request to CommunityRequests@anaplan.com. Can I connect with other Group Leaders to get ideas? The best way to connect with other Group Leaders is in the Leaders Group. You must be a Group Leader to have access to the group, and if you need access please email groups@anaplan.com. How do I set up the Group in Community? Each Group has a space in the Community for members to join and share ideas. When you submit your request for a new group the Anaplan Groups program team will create the page for you after you initial alignment call. Once the page is complete you will be incited to a Groups overview and training session to go over how to utilize your Groups page. How far in advance should I start promoting the event? We recommend giving yourself 2 - 4 weeks of promotion. For in-person events, we recommend a little longer in order to give customers in the area plenty of notice, if they need to plan for travel. Virtual groups can be closer to 2 weeks. How do I alert Anaplan of my event? When you create your event page in Bevy the Anaplan Groups team receives a notification and will promote your event on the Anplan.com events page. To promote more throughout Anaplan, we recommend posting in slack channels and utilizing social media.  What are the best practices for promoting my event? Promote your upcoming event to all marketing professionals in your area via the appropriate social channels. Check out the Group Event Promotion article for more tips. One you are a Group Leader you will have access to this article and more in the Leader Resources area.  Will the Anaplan Groups team send an email promoting my event to customers in the area? No, we do not send any emails promoting your event. We will promote the event on the main Groups page and within your Group forum. What is the ideal number of members needed to host Group Event? While there is no minimum number required to host an event, we recommend having at least 10 members commit to attending if you plan to have a presentation or plan to have a social gathering after. 
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Mission: Accelerate time to value and ensure Anaplan users and prospects can realize the full potential of Connected Planning and the Anaplan platform. Vision: As part of the Anaplan Community, to be the place where Connected Planning conversations happen. Anaplan Groups are for people with similar interests, business goals, or objectives to interact and collaborate along their Connected Planning journeys. Through a wide variety of events and dedicated Community spaces, Group members can discuss and exchange best practices, collaborate on challenges, and expand their professional networks through long-lasting relationships with like-minded peers. Anaplan Groups equip members to do more and go further with Anaplan. Meaningful peer-to-peer connections, a robust online experience, and diverse engagement opportunities provide the mutual support, education, and shared knowledge necessary to accelerate and sustain their Connected Planning journeys. Anaplan Groups provide a unique opportunity for members to: Gain insights that deepen their understanding of Anaplan Discover new use cases and hear success stories Get expert answers to their top questions Explore new and upcoming product updates Why join an Anaplan Group? Enhance your Anaplan knowledge and skills Meet and network with fellow Anaplan Community members Have fun and be involved!
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