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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

System Dynamics

System dynamics is a field for understanding how things change through time. System dynamics deals with how the internal feedback-loops within the structure of a system create behavior. Computer simulation models are used to achieve better understanding of system behavior over time. With a better comprehension of systems, one can redesign structure or policies to improve the behavior. The field of system dynamics was created by Jay Forrester beginning in 1956.

According to the MIT System Dynamics in Education Project, "System dynamics is a method for studying the world around us... The central concept of system dynamics is understanding how all the objects in a system interact with one another. System dynamics attempts to understand the basic structure of a system and thus understand the behavior(s) it can produce."

Featured Planning Tip

Make "flexible plans"

A common assumption is that the best-run organizations have the clearest and most detailed plans for the future. But some effective organizations make "fuzzy" plans - flexible plans that provide a general direction without committing anyone to an irrevocable course of action.

Flexible implies the plans are capable of change; able to adjust readily to different conditions; and open to change.

"To predict the future, we need logic; but we also need faith and imagination, which can sometimes defy logic itself." - Arthur C Clarke

Maneuver -- Place the enemy in a position of disadvantage through the flexible application of combat power.

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