Studio Operations & Forecasting: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

“You won’t be in control of your business until you can accurately predict it.” One of Rob Harr’s early mentors and business advisors must have said that a thousand times during their time together—and it’s true. Join Rob Harr, Vice President of Sparkbox, for a deep dive into studio operations and forecasting. Take a guided tour through the good, the bad and the ugly, and uncover actionable strategies to help you take control of your business.

  • Get an inside look at how Sparkbox runs, and how you can put forecasting at the heart of your business to improve project planning, cash flow, hiring, sales and more.

  • Discover a relatively simple weekly cadence to implement (that doesn’t lose sight of your people).

  • Dig into metrics to determine what you should track and what’s just noise. Before long, you’ll actually be in charge of your business.

Run Your Business So It Doesn’t Run You

Friday, November 9, 2018
9:30 AM–4:30 PM
Harvest Headquarters
16 W. 22nd St., 8th Floor
New York, NY 10010
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Running operations at a web studio is hard. But you can either run your business or your business can run you (and Rob has always hated having a boss).

The morning will be spent sharing what has worked well for Sparkbox and what they’ve attempted in the past. After lunch, we will have a collaborative Q&A discussion where can go deep on morning topics.

What We'll Cover

  • What is Studio Operations?

  • The difference between operations and project management

  • Where to start with forecasting

  • Improving forecasting through feedback loops

  • Predicting and managing cash flow

  • Getting your entire team involved

Meet Rob Harr, VP of Sparkbox


Rob is a developer and software consultant who found his way into running a web business. He is a co-founder and Vice President of Sparkbox, a web design and development studio in Dayton, OH, that focuses on long-term partnerships with clients and creating a better Web through education.

At Sparkbox, Rob is responsible for operations and financials. This has led him to speak frequently about pricingoperations and other business topics. His personal commitment to brutal honesty and plain speaking about what he has learned and the struggles of growing a business have struck a chord with audiences. He is passionate about growing the business of Sparkbox and helping others in their quest to do the same for their businesses.

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