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Business Planning: Planning is Management

By Tim Berry, Guest Blogger
Published: February 12, 2010 Updated: December 12, 2011

Planning should become management and better business, long-term progress towards goals, prioritizing, and focus; but you have to do it. It’s up to you to make your planning work. It’s not really about the plan, per se; it’s about the discipline to use the plan to run the business.


A good business planning process grows organically; it evolves as your business evolves. With monthly review schedules and performance tracking, your planning, unlike the classic plan document, stays alive and present – on top of your mind where you consider it regularly.


For that to work, you have to keep assumptions at the forefront. You have to develop accountability by setting goals, usually with metrics, and then following up on performance with people.


Keep the plan visible, to all team members, using the review meetings if nothing else. Ideally, key points, numbers, metrics, and assumptions are somewhere that team members can see them.



Message Edited by AriM on 08-28-2009 12:15 PM

About the Author:

Tim Berry
Tim Berry

Guest Blogger

Founder and Chairman of Palo Alto Software and bplans.com, on twitter as Timberry, blogging at timberry.bplans.com. His collected posts are at blog.timberry.com. Stanford MBA. Married 44 years, father of 5. Author of business plan software Business Plan Pro and www.liveplan.com and books including The Plan As You Go Business Plan, published by Entrepreneur Press, 2008.


Great article and video! I try to approach planning like raising a child. You need to set boundaries, instill values and have a lot of patience!! Thnks for posting this! I always get alot out of SBA's resources.
I think that planning is the first step to success. Thank you for all the helpful information.
I always have trouble with the management of the business plan, and I was somewhat understand it through this video, thanks for sharing.
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