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This website focuses on a wide variety of topics related to organization and individual planning situations. The primary focus is business planning.

Planning is an anticipatory decision making process that involves situation analysis, forecasting outcomes and events, evaluating alternative courses of action, anticipating consequences and considering implementation issues and contingencies. Planning often begins with asking one or more questions, for example: What if ...? Could we ...? Do we ...? Is it possible...? How should we respond ...? How can we ...? Is it feasible to ...?

In general, planning is a proactive process that is intended to help individuals, groups and organizations achieve performance objectives.

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Quantitative Forecasting Tools

Any forecasting tool or technique that uses some historical data to make any estimate of a future amount or quantity is a quantitative forecasting tool. Common tools include: Naive methods, Moving average, Exponential smoothing, Trend analysis, Simple regression, Multiple regression and Econometric modeling. All of these techniques assume that an underlying causal relationship that existed in the past will continue to into the future.

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Seek truth from facts

In the late 1970s, the Chinese communist reformers rallied around a slogan "sh sh qi sh" meaning "Seek truth from facts". It is a Chinese expression that dates from the Han Dynasty (206 BC to 25 AD). This was the credo of the reformers who moved China to a more market driven economy following Mao's death. It meant that facts rather than ideology should be the criterion of the 'correctness' of a policy; the policy had to work in practice. Deng Xiaoping is quoted as saying, 'It doesn't matter whether a cat is black or white, as long as it catches the mouse.' Mouse-catching (expertise) is important. Pragmatism is often the best philosophical guide for successful planning, "Will it work?"

"The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is." - Winston Churchill

"The truth depends on, or is only arrived at by, a legitimate deduction from all the facts which are truly material." -- Coleridge

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