The P’s of Planning and Tech Applications

My first time hearing the P’s of Planning was in the Marine Corps. Some of my NCO’s (aka, non-commissioned officers) lived by that mantra. We’d have to repeat it all the time, especially in boot camp. As a teenager who knew it all, it didn’t make a lot of sense except to create a plan to have a good outcome. Now, I live by this as a serial entrepreneur.

The P’s of Planning are labeled (3) different ways. Depending on who and how much they like to draw it out, the 5P’s of Planning are straight to the point. However, you have those that like to add a describing adjective to give it more emphasis in the 7P’s. From 5P to 7P’s, here are the Ps of Planning:
5P’s- Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance
6P’s- Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance
7P’s- Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance

Proper Prior Planning

Not every great leader may use these planning p’s, but they understand planning is an essential necessary step to ensure a specific result. With our latest technology, data is being mined and accumulated to deliver where more planning should be conducted. The goal of any plan is to mitigate all risk and liabilities. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen. As the saying goes, “no plan goes according to plan.”

The plan doesn’t go according to plan due to the lack of prior planning. Many variables are at play. When working with a team, a variable matters. In other words, details matter. Not every detail is going to be covered with inexperience. After gaining the know-how, the planners better understand how to obtain the desired outcomes.

Here are some technology applications to help with your proper prior planning:

Project Management – Podio,
Project Management – Agile,
Project Management – Asana,

Schedule Management – TimeTrade,
Appointment Scheduler – Appointy,
Meeting Scheduler – Doodle,

Prevents Poor Performance

The poor performance is a bigger disappointment. A poor performance means the execution wasn’t fully aligned. Perfection in the human element is a no-brainer. This is where oversight matters. Where’s the leadership?

When the whole project/operations fail, leadership is to blame. Again, nothing goes according to plan. Therefore, you have to know when to make adjustments. In the business world, you’d call this a ‘pivot’ when making changes during the “fly.”

Here are some technology applications to help with your proper prior planning:

Productivity Management – Basecamp,
Productivity Management – Evernote,

Task Manager – Todoist,
Task Manager – AnyDo,

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Nathan A. Webster, MBA
Business Strategist
Consulting | Social Media | Web Design

Author: nathanwebster
From a US Marine to nonprofit executive director, I've been fortunate to do a lot of stuff. My quick history is I’m a brand marketer with a background in social good. In the process of running a small educational nonprofit, I learned the value of storytelling and digital branding. That’s how I got involve in marketing, websites, consulting via my podcast as well, and being an adjunct business professor at the local community college.
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