To remain relevant to your customers, it is essential that your organization can quickly react to and pivot to disruptions and changes.
Planning Deconstructed is a webcast in which Heather Westomoreland (Planview Planning Capabilities Product Manager) and Angie Sarmiento (Planview Solutions Marketing Manager) discuss continuous planning and how organizations can be more proactive in creating, executing and managing different planning types.
This blog provides an example of how to leverage continuous planning when planning a vacation, how to evaluate your planning practices within your company, steps to take when starting your planning process, as well as the capabilities required to improve your continuous planning.
Continuous Planning Analogy – Planning for a Trip
You can quickly become overwhelmed planning a trip. Consider lodging, flights, cities to visit, food options, ground transportation, and many other factors.
It is important to break down the trip into smaller segments and create iterative plans. For example, you might want to visit a new country every five years. You can simplify your planning by breaking down each city into its own iterative program. Once you have created your programs, you can identify objectives for each.
Next, you’ll want to consider factors like tourist attractions and landmarks. This will help you to create a roadmap that will allow for better decision-making throughout your program. Here’s an example of what this might look like.
Strategy goal: Identify the country you wish to visit: United Kingdom.
Iterative program. Choose which cities you would like to visit: London.
Project: Determine the purpose of your trip. Write a blog about it.
Focus on the end. You should research all the sites you are going to visit to make your blog more interesting. Next, determine the costs, benefits, as well as the value. These details will allow you to fund your trip properly and reach each milestone.
But wait. But what about unexpected events? You know that no plan is perfect. There are always disruptions. It is important to be flexible and agile in your planning process, even if the plan is in place.
You can be more prepared to respond to these changes by creating contingency plans and creating what if scenarios.
Planning ahead and being flexible to pivot and reprioritize will make your trip much more enjoyable.
Streamline the prioritization process and the funding allocation process
Iteratively fund programs and use strategic targets to fund them
Continuously identify and resolve conflicts in priorities, funding, capacity, or capacity.
Allow you to deliver more often
Adding agility to your continuous planning process is a key benefit
How can you use this example to plan for your organization’s future? Understanding your organization’s maturity level is essential in order to incorporate continuous planning.
What is the current approach to planning for your organization?
These are important questions to ask yourself if you want to plan continuously.
What is your organization’s current planning?
What types of planning do you use?
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