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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 TermPDCA 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 TipTake minimal action
The essence of Tao philosophy is Wu Wei which means action through inaction.
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.
DOES NOT mean however that one should "do nothing and wait and hope everything will be alright".