In concept, planning is easy. It is the process of defining the incremental steps necessary to reach the goal by the deadline. Of course having the steps in the right order is also important as well as determining how each change will affect other areas of the organization. There is also a need to define the necessary skills at each stage and ensure that the training of the staff and board occurs before the need arises. Defining the processes, resources needed, and the budget impact are also part of a good plan.
Whenever possible, Mission Enablers likes to include a small-scale trial as the first step of the implementation. The trial provides an opportunity to test the plan. Because things change while the plan is being developed and planning usually encourages optimism, the trial often uncovers weaknesses in the plan. With a small-scale implementation, it is usually inexpensive to make adjustments.
Having a good plan is the precursor to a successful project.