The Rush of Planning
This week I was talking with colleague about the rush that comes from planning in the military context. Often there is time restraints, there are resource constraints and there is a critical mission to achieve. The planning has to be done and produce deliverables within a short timeframe that meet the mission requirements, is achievable within resource limits and has a tolerable risk level.
The military has a defined framework for planning to occur, everyone on the planning team understands the process and the terminology. The team is also all focused on finding the best way to achieve the mission. There are heated moments and long hours. Many people would say that it sounds like a horrible environment to be in.
However I get a rush from it. To have everyone focused on one thing, planning the task at hand and to see the result that the planning achieves in a short period of time is very satisfying. There is a buzz to achieve so much in a limited timeframe. I often wonder why so much can be achieved in a military context and often I do not see this happen in my civilian work. I think it comes down to the following things:
- A single focus for all of the team
- There is a methodology that is used
- The team is all speaking the same terminology
- The team does not stop until the planning is complete
I do not see these things come together in many workplaces and I am not sure that they could… What do you think?
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