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Chapter 39. Implementation > Action Planning

I. Action Planning

An action plan creates a practical program to translate the decision or overall target into reality. A critical result of Step 39 is a complete step-by-step road map of how to implement the decision. An action plan details who will do what, by when. It organizes tasks which implement the decision in the real world. Timing, personnel and other resources must be considered and choreographed into action. Setting performance standards, production and quality targets, plus a follow-up monitoring mechanism is vital to ensure that the plan is carried through.

Is It Worth the Trouble?

New teams often ask, “Why bother to plan at all?” The answer is simple: You will be much better prepared to adapt and respond even when things go wrong with a plan. The benefits are included in The Value of Action Planning Checklist on the next page.


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