What criteria should be used for evaluating proposed plans?

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In the process of developing plans and alternative courses of action (COA), multiple criteria or factors should be used to determine the validity of each proposed plan. The criteria should be assessed and considered prior to any systematic comparative evaluation of plans. This is true in business, military and general organizational planning situations. The criteria are often relevant in personal planning situations as well.

Poll Results

Variable 3
Acceptable 2
Feasible 2
Suitable 2
Adequate 0
Complete 0
Distinguishable 0

El Tomboto, Saturday, 21 March 2020 04:56 (four years ago) link

Acceptable: A plan is acceptable if it accomplishes the given mission or purpose and it is deemed worth the risks. Acceptability determines whether a contemplated course of action (COA) is worth the cost of manpower, materiel, and time involved; and is consistent with legal constraints. Synonyms for acceptable include: desirable, expedient, tolerable, satisfactory. The dictionary defines acceptable as satisfactory or adequate.

Adequate: This criterion evaluates the scope and concept of planned activities to determine if they are sufficient to accomplish the task assigned. Synonyms for adequacy include ability, sufficiency, utility, satisfactoriness, effectual, tolerable. According to the dictionary, adequate means 1) able to satisfy a requirement; suitable or 2) barely satisfactory or sufficient. In COA plan development, adequacy must be assessed in terms of completing the mission and accomplishing decision maker's intent.

Complete: A COA plan is complete if it answers what, where, when, why, and how. Synonyms for completeness are wholeness, intactness. AHD defines complete as having all necessary or normal parts. Complete suggests the final stage in a process of assembling parts into a whole.

Distinguishable: A COA plan is distinguishable if it is significantly different from other COAs. Synonyms for distinguish are differentiate, discriminate, recognition. The disctionary defines distinguish as to recognize as being different or distinct. Distinct means 1) not similar; different; unlike; or 2) well-defined; explicit; unquestionable. Distinguishability means the distinguishing elements of a COA should be enumerated and explained.

Feasible: A COA plan is feasible if it may be accomplished with the resources currently available or obtainable. Synonyms for feasibility include practicable, expedient (especially in terms of timely, wise, fitting). AHD defines feasible as 1) capable of being accomplished or brought about; practicable; possible. or 2) logical; likely.

Suitable: A COA plan is suitable if it accomplishes the mission. Synonyms for suitability include fitness, timeliness, expedience, adequate. AHD defines suitable as appropriate to a given purpose or occasion.

Variable or varied: A COA plan is variable if it can be modified or altered systematically. Synonyms for variety are difference and assortment. AHD defines variety as 1) the condition or quality of being varied or 2) a different kind, sort or form. The two meanings of variety suggest possibly different ways to interpret the criterion during COA plan development. The focus should be how different or varied a specific COA plan is from other COAs under consideration. Variety among COA plans in approach is desirable.

El Tomboto, Saturday, 21 March 2020 05:01 (four years ago) link

I had expected more vigorous debate

El Tomboto, Saturday, 21 March 2020 21:19 (four years ago) link

trying to decide between Complete and Feasible ... geez. I need to develop the best criteria for evaluating the options here.

sarahell, Saturday, 21 March 2020 22:35 (four years ago) link

I develop software for a living. A complete plan is inconceivable.

silby, Monday, 23 March 2020 22:00 (four years ago) link

im going with suitable but as a project manager in the public sector just yknow anything would be nice

ole uncle tiktok (darraghmac), Monday, 23 March 2020 22:04 (four years ago) link

i am a trial lawyer so all of my plans are as variable as hell

forensic plumber (harbl), Monday, 23 March 2020 22:29 (four years ago) link

variable. plans need to be elastic imo

idgaf (roxymuzak), Sunday, 29 March 2020 01:11 (four years ago) link

best attendee at this planning meeting?


sarahell, Sunday, 29 March 2020 15:17 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 15 April 2020 00:01 (four years ago) link

I have a plan for dealing with the results and it’s adequate

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 15 April 2020 00:27 (four years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 16 April 2020 00:01 (four years ago) link


steer calmer (darraghmac), Thursday, 16 April 2020 00:07 (four years ago) link

roxymuzak otm

El Tomboto, Thursday, 16 April 2020 00:20 (four years ago) link

as a great man once said, no plan of operations extends with any certainty beyond the first contact with the main hostile force

and often, the main hostile force is legal

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Thursday, 16 April 2020 01:19 (four years ago) link

(i was using "as a great man once said" in a jokey way - i do know anything about helmuth von moltke the elder, and i do not endorse him)

good god, just thinking about legal shutting down my plans is making me nervous

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Thursday, 16 April 2020 01:20 (four years ago) link


here 1st (roxymuzak), Thursday, 16 April 2020 22:05 (four years ago) link

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