As Hurricane Dorian skirts the Florida coast, on its way north, I was privileged to observe a phenomenon in several companies, recently coined as SIP planning (Short Interval Planning). We can have an overall plan within what is known or highly likely, but in fluid situations, like hurricanes or projects, those plans have to be constantly reviewed and adjusted to changing circumstances.
So, use your favorite planning model, but look at it often, with your team for –
- Changes in “known” facts.
- Changes in assumptions.
- Changes in timeline (hurricanes slow down, projects get delayed).
- Changes in workforce (the important “who?”)
- Changes in expectations.
- Changes in intention.
- Changes in supply chain.
You probably have your own list of things that can change. Stay safe during this hurricane.
My thanks to Bernard Paul-Hus who introduced the concept of SIP planning.