I have been thinking recently about the various approaches I have taken to planning project throughout my consulting career. Over several blogs, I will describe some of the approaches I have used and know about. Each new project presents its own unique set of conditions and I adapt my various planning tools. The first one I will talk about is one Harvey loved to talk about because it was very simple.
A planning project needs to answer three key questions:
- Where are we now
- Where are we going
- How do we get there
Simple as all that. My friend, June Ross, added two additional questions which I think really help:
- Who is going to get us there
Now isn’t that the neatest little taxonomy of questions which clearly are embodied in every planning project. How about we refer to this methodology as WWHWW. I wish I could pronounce that and then we would truly give this methodology a life of its own.
I think I have used this as a basic framework in many planning projects. We take these basic questions and superimpose some other ideas around the core. More on these other ideas in later blogs.