Why managers dislike planning?

publication date 12.12.2006

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Have you ever encountered a situation in which a company is left without any plan, or with workers preparing just partial activities in their tables? I have lately come across this phenomenon more than once, which has inspired me to open a discussion on the topic of “Why do managers dislike planning?“  

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Join in discussing the topic of what your experience with your clients´ planning is like. I have come across the following reasons why managers dislike planning a number of times:

  • we only get casual orders, so nothing can be planned
  • customer still change his requirements
  • I can manage all the planning in my head
  • why should we enter such a simple thing into the plan
  • we have everything working even without any plan
  • we have no time left for paperwork
  • we cannot make a good thing of planning
  • etc.

Have you met with other reasons against plannig? Share your experience as well as your views to what end these reasons can lead in a discussion.

Jiří Střelec

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And not just ISO, AS, OHSAS, CMMI  … but other standards, too, want us to describe what we do and how we do it. Most quality people and managers just produce pages of text which pile on the desk. Writing down a sentence is fairly easy. However, the sentence alone does not matter. What matters here is that people understand that sentence and use it in practice. Standards do not tell us how to describe our management system, though. Frankly, times are hasty and people have no time for reading piles of paper. They are bombarded by information from all sides. Besides, reading through a long document, they do not remember what was at the beginning. A picture or a scheme is faster to read and easier to remember. What if the system was created as an interactive model of schemes, pictures and supplementary text. Try to make out how.

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