An Action Plan is a way to make a dream or idea become reality, and turn a company’s vision into something concrete. The Action Plan should contain all the action steps required to reach a certain goal.

Each of the action steps need to include following information.

  • What – Describes the changes that need to be made
  • Who – Outline who is responsible to carry out the changes
  • Time – When will the changes be done and how long does it take
  • Recourses – What is needed in terms of man power, equipment etc
  • Communication – Who need to be aware of the changes and what information do they need

Why Create an Action Plan

  • To make sure everything is covered.
  • Get thing done more efficient with a clear overview of what needs to be done.
  • Be able to monitor a projects is on track, and take action if a timeline start to slide.
  • Make people accountable for actions to improve chances for them to get done.
  • It give a framework for thinking about how to complete a project efficiently

When is The Action Plan Made?

An action plan should be developed at the beginning of each project, once the objective and strategy have been determined. It will give you a clear guidance in the project and the decisions to take.

One thing to keep in mind is that it is a living document; it is reviewed on a regular basis and constantly updated as actions are done.

Creating the Action Plan

  1. Identify tasks that need to be done to achieve your goal by brainstorming
  2. Prioritize tasks as to what needs to be done first, and delegate them out to the responsible people, departments, contractors etc.
  3. Review that each of action steps contribute to reaching your goal, and that nothing have been left out or been overlooked.

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