Assumption-Based Planning: A Tool for Reducing Avoidable Surprises

Assumption-Based Planning: A Tool for Reducing Avoidable Surprises

by James A. Dewar
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521806534

ISBN-13: 9780521806534

Pub. Date: 11/01/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Unwelcome surprises in the life of any organization can often be traced to the failure of an assumption that the organization's leadership didn't anticipate or had "forgotten". Assumption-based planning (ABP) is a tool for identifying as many as possible assumptions underlying the plans of an organization and bringing them explicitly into the planning process. This

Overview

Unwelcome surprises in the life of any organization can often be traced to the failure of an assumption that the organization's leadership didn't anticipate or had "forgotten". Assumption-based planning (ABP) is a tool for identifying as many as possible assumptions underlying the plans of an organization and bringing them explicitly into the planning process. This book presents a variety of techniques for rooting out those vulnerable, crucial assumptions. It also presents steps for monitoring the vulnerable assumptions of a plan by taking actions to control them where possible and preparing for potential failure where control is not possible.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521806534
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2002
Series:
RAND Studies in Policy Analysis Series
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.91(d)
Lexile:
1290L (what's this?)

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Table of Contents

1. The essence of assumption-based planning; 2. A taxonomy of assumptions; 3. Step 1: identifying assumptions; 4. Step 2: identifying load-bearing, vulnerable assumptions; 5. Step 3: identifying signposts; 6. Step 4: developing shaping actions; 7. Step 5: developing hedging actions; 8. The art of conducting ABP; 9. Beyond ABP as a post-planning tool.

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