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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

Process Flowchart

A visual drawing of the steps and activities in a process. Process activities are diagrammed as rectangular boxes and arrows connect activities to show the flow of control. A process flowchart can help document existing processes and/or help design new processes. A high-level process flowchart describes all of the core processes in an organization. A narrower scope, more focused chart is termed a low-level or detail chart. Some alternate terms used for this basic idea are: flowchart, functional flow chart, process map, process chart, functional process chart, business process model, process model, process flow diagram, work flow diagram, business flow diagram.

Featured Planning Tip

Plan with deliberate speed

In many situations, speed is required in planning and implementation to achieve success. Contingency planning can facilitate crisis action planning, rapid execution, and replanning. To facilitate rapid planning and implementation, planning processes must be formalized and well understood. Also, to facilitate rapid response and execution some slack resources must be maintained. In general, the speed or pace of planning and execution must be deliberate and measured. Planning is usually ineffective when it is conducted hurriedly and at a frenetic pace. Frenzy means the planning process and analyses are not controlled by logic and reason, but rather the process is controlled by anger, rage or other violent emotion.

A number of proverbs are associated with this tip. In American and English literature the advice is "Haste makes waste" and "Patience is a virtue". The Chinese advise "Think three times before you act". The African Sesotho culture relates "The 'hurry-hurry' person eats goat, the one who takes his or her time eats beef." The Russian saying is "Take thy thoughts to bed with thee, for the morning is wiser." The Danish proverb is "The best advice is found on the pillow."

"A good plan executed today is better than a perfect plan executed at some indefinite point in the future." - General George Patton Jr

"Though we have heard of stupid haste in war, cleverness has never been seen associated with long delays." -Sun Tzu, the Art of War

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