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Action Plan Test

After constructing an action plan but before giving the go ahead, evaluate it using the Action Plan Test. By testing it against the 14 criteria, you’ll get a good sense of its relative effectiveness and completeness. The best action planners religiously play devil’s advocate with their draft work, and adjust it wherever necessary until it has the highest chance of coming off without a hitch.

  Criteria Rating
  Does your Action Plan identify… Yes/No
1. Specific actions _____
2. Clear responsibilities, targets and standards _____
3. Realistic deadlines _____
4. Realistic resource estimates _____
5. A coordinated sequence of actions _____
6. Flexibility to change _____
7. Checkpoints for routine follow-up _____
8. Reliable control system to measure progress _____
9. Needed personal development _____
10. Correctly emphasized priorities _____
11. Feasible contingency plans _____
12. Workable agreements for all involved _____
13. A realistic and workable system _____
14. A good chance of achieving the ideal scene _____



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