Am reading this book called “The Creative Habit” by Twyla Tharp and came across this great quote -
The most productive artists I know have a plan in mind when they get down to work. They know what they want to accomplish, how to do it, and what to do if the process falls off the track.
At Prayag, we had a delivery processes refresher workshop on Fri and one area where we spent a lot of time was on planning. And this quote appeared at the apt time. Planning is such a critical component of execution and I guess the one where we spent the least amount of time. During our workshop, we discussed what areas need to be covered in a plan and to what level of detail. This helps in highlighting areas that typically can cause issues such as external dependencies, new skills requirement and so on. We can remain alert to these potential high-risk areas and make course corrections faster. While a plan is a guideline and I doubt if things will go exactly as originally envisaged – however, the key thing is , we as planners will have a better sense of handling the engagement. In short, there is better chance of smoother execution of a project with a detailed plan than without one. In the process, the whole engagement is more value-adding for the client and less troublesome for those delivering.
Those of you who have suffered anxious moments while anchoring/executing work without detailed plans, please do contribute your experiences.