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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.

Featured Glossary Term

PDCA model

A repetitive four-step model for continuous improvement (CI) in business process management. The four steps are plan, do, check, and act/adjust.

Plan: Define the problem to be addressed, collect relevant data, and ascertain the problem's root cause.

Do: Develop and implement a solution; decide upon a measurement to gauge its effectiveness.

Check: Confirm the results through before-and-after data comparison.

Act/Adjust: Document the results, inform others about process changes, and make recommendations for the issue/problem to be addressed in the next PDCA cycle.

The model is used by teams in organizations to improve the quality and effectiveness of processes.

The PDCA model is also known as the Deming circle/cycle/wheel, Shewhart cycle, control circle/cycle, or plan–do–study–act (PDSA).

Featured Planning Tip

Take minimal action

The essence of Tao philosophy is Wu Wei which means action through inaction.

Wu Wei describes a practice of accomplishing things through minimal action. By studying the nature of life, one can affect it in the easiest and least disruptive way by using finesse rather than force. The practice of working with the stream rather than against it is an often used illustration; one progresses the most not by struggling against the stream and thrashing about, but by remaining still and letting the stream do all the work. When planning actions try to find interventions that accomplish your goals at minimum cost and with minimum disruption.

Wu Wei DOES NOT mean however that one should "do nothing and wait and hope everything will be alright".


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