An extract on #plans
The discipline of planning has occupied great minds and theoreticians. Concepts such as top-down planning (as opposed to bottom-up planning) reveal similarities with the systems thinking behind the top-down model.
The subject touches such broad fields as psychology, game theory, communications and information theory, which inform the planning methods that people seek to use and refine; as well as logic and science (i.e. methodological naturalism) which serve as a means of testing different parts of a plan for reliability or consistency.
The specific methods used to create and refine plans depends on who is to make it, who is to put it to use, and what resources are available for the task. The methods used by an individual in their mind or personal organizer, may be very different from the collection of planning techniques found in a corporate board-room, and the planning done by a project manager has different priorities and uses different tools to the planning done by an engineer or industrial designer.
Plan de Ayala
Plan de Casa Mata
Plan de Crdoba
Plan de Iguala
Plan de San Luis Potos
The Schlieffen Plan
The Five-Year Plan system in the former Soviet Union
The Marshall Plan
U.S. plan to invade Iraq
A very basic example of a personal action plan: Perhaps you want to go see a movie in a general timeframe, that is the objective. The plan to accomplish that objective defines the steps to be taken. First, you would look on a Web site for listings of movies in your area, then you would decide which one looks good (if any). Then you would secure transportation thereto, optionally but almost certainly also inviting one or more acquaintances to join you. You may have to adjust your plan depending on time when the movie actually starts. A plan defines what is to be done, in terms of the steps, timeframes, people, and resources needed to achieve the objective.
Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential Winston Churchill
Plans are nothing; planning is everything. Dwight D. Eisenhower
No battle plan survives contact with the enemy. Helmuth von Moltke the Elder
A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week. George S. Patton
"I love it when a plan comes together." Hannibal Smith