A Rebuttal to “Planning Is Just Escapism”

  • Where are we?
  • Where are we going?
  • How do we get there?
  • What will help us? What will hinder us? What do we need to influence to stop hindering and/or start helping us?
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The Problem

The Counterargument

Rosie makes a relatively sound argument. Planning can become a self-serving beast that reduces overall productivity, but this is not an inherent property of planning and we are not all destined to be terrible at planning. In fact, I charge that Rosie’s position contains two fatal flaws: an insufficient acknowledgement of resource-informed planning practices and the conflation of difficulty executing the plans with the difficulty of planning itself.

A Way Forward

There’s never a single solution to a problem. We all have different strengths and weaknesses that require different approaches to overcoming challenges in life. It’s with that in mind that I don’t aim to propose a solution, per se, but considerations to aid self-discovery as to what might work best for you. As I identified above, I believe that Rosie’s two primary issues revolve around developing a resource-informed plan that she is able to execute.

U.S. Army Publication Directorate, Army Doctrine Reference Publication 5–0, The Planning Process.
  • Personnel: Do we have the right amount of units to accomplish the mission?
  • Equipment: Do we have the right “stuff” to get the job done?
  • Funding: Is the money there to do what we need to do?
  • Time: Can we accomplish the mission with the resources at hand within the required amount of time?

A Footnote

By Signal Corps — US Army, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6926698



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Michael Shepard

Michael Shepard

Army strategist, writing infrequently about random topics.