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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

Keep it simple

Prepare clear, uncomplicated plans and clear, concise orders to ensure thorough understanding.

If your enemy is superior, evade him. If angry, irritate him. If you are equally matched or stronger, fight, and if you are weaker split and reevaluate -- Sun-tzu.

Apply the KISS principle! The KISS principle is a popularized rule of conduct often invoked when discussing planning and design processes as a reminder to avoid unnecessary complexity. The traditional expansion of this acronym is "Keep it Simple, Stupid".

"In critical and baffling situations, it is always best to return to first principles and simple action" - Sir Winston S. Churchill

Business forecasting and planning should involve an understandable process. Do not use complex forecasting tools and sophisticated mathematics.

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