Ready, Set, Go

Abstract:Many action plans fail to lead to the completion of specified tasks and activities within the required timeframe. This article discusses ten causes of ineffective action plans, drawn from a review of action plans used by one organization and its suppliers during a ten-year period: 1) A goal or objective is not clearly defined; 2) The stated action is really just a wish; 3) Someone's best guess is often used to define target dates; 4) Little or no follow-up; 5) Review meetings turn into problem-solving sessions; 6) Finger-pointing; 7) "Ongoing" becomes the default timing; 8) TBD (to be determined) is the person responsible; 9) "I didn't know I was assigned to that action"; and 10) No one can remember what the action item means or why it was added. Adding a management review activity confirms the ongoing effectiveness of action plans and identifies areas for …

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