"Plans are useless but planning is indispensable." - President Eisenhower
Plans, especially when followed without caring for changing reality, are useless and can be fatal. But, planning is very useful. Seems very contradictory. But, the point is planning is very useful because of the thought process that goes into it. After that if you can commit that thought process on to the paper, it become imprinted on your mind and you are ready to execute per the planning process.
What happens many times is that, plans are developed in a hurry by filling out some random templates. After that they are let to gather dust on the shelves. Later when a need arises to refer to plans, plans are referred and executed per the plan without taking into account reality which may have changed during that time.
Best practice is to constantly plan and execute based on the insights generated. Planning is a continuous activity. It should be driven by constant feedback which fuels additional planning and so on.
"Plan the work. Work the plan."
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