Decked with SWOT analyses, balanced scorecards, and lengthy documents, mainstream planning boasts impressive metrics and power tools to support decision-making, policy-making, or strategy analysis. Nevertheless, few stakeholders and consultants have a confident grasp of ‘what is going on’ beneath the slick surface of statistics, indicators, and indices — but can they share that without pomp and buzzwords? The panorama is at least curious, if not alarming.
Systems Planning℠ is a curated cooperative quest for the art of efficiency™ with regard to human activities and constructs (e.g. plans, their preparation, and respective systems), materialising as a holistic conduct platform™ that prizes and promotes shared understanding as well as stakeholder competences.
Associated activities and documents are of the highest standard, with relevance to research, education, and/ or praxis.
Systems Planning℠ has three objects of interest — i.e. explicit and realistic mental models representing complementary viewpoints in planning problems, which make dynamic complexity easy to grasp — i.e.: the system, the process, and the plan (or policy, or strategy).
Concept— a set of interacting elements, forming a whole Examples— a city, state, enterprise, or ‘situation’ Diagrams— ‘element-relationship’ (e.g. RBP, HBS)
Concept— a sequence of actions and states Examples— an operation, project, or ‘activity’ Diagrams— ‘action-state’ (e.g. CPD, EPD, PPD)
Concept— a justified proposal for action Examples— a plan, policy, strategy, or ‘action’ or ‘measure’ Diagrams— ‘concern-intent-action-outcome’ (e.g. DCD)
The unique brand of Systems Planning℠ is largely shaped by innovation, so much in its preparation as in its applications.
All of this is done by staying close to people — e.g. their interests, aspirations, will, and reasoning.
Structure— ‘how things are put together’ Function— ‘how things work’ Form— ‘how things look like’
Content— coordinated set of disclosed-reasoning methods Examples— Decision Model Analysis™, Efficiency Assessment™ Suitability— ‘high-level’ planning tasks
Content— coordinated set of disclosed-reasoning techniques Examples— Reverse Blueprints™, Extended Process Diagrams™ Suitability— ‘low-level’ planning tasks
Systems Planning℠ is methodologically oriented and its expertise is applicable to wide-ranging scales and broad contexts such as the city, state, enterprise, and the civil society at large (Niche technical folio).