June 2014 Blog Posts

Planning ÷ reacting: finding the balance

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans - John Lennon, Beautiful Boy The are things that can be planned and others that cannot be. The conundrum is, which is which? What happens when someone plans things that cannot be panned or plans too much? relies too much on reacting? This is why it is important to find out in every moment the balance between the two, to know where planning is beneficial and where reacting is beneficial ...

Consequences for too much planning

When someone plans things that cannot be panned or plans too much: the time and effort spent for the planning don’t increase certainty and don’t reduce risks it can creates a false sense of certainty and safety this drives wrong decisions a plan over-detailed upfront stiffs innovation the time and effort spent for the unnecessary planning causes delays...

Consequences for too much reacting

Adaptation is a mindful response to unforeseeable events and change and to unknowns and uncertainties that unfolds. When adaptation is not so mindful because someone rely too much on adaptation (reacting too much, being too impulsive, continuous firefighting) : failure to take advantage of knowable information increases costs unnecessary adaptation cause excessive reworks no extra flexibility is achieved it can...

When to plan, when to react

Few examples follow.  Planning is beneficial with Reaction is beneficial with Customer objectives, priorities and requirements that are known, well understood, and stable ...