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Planning for Communities
OGSM planning methodology
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OGSM Planning methodology
OGSM stands for Objectives - Goals - Strategies and Measures
An OGSM plan defines what you will do and how you will do it. By following the following three steps
you will be able to make a management plan that is
Step 1 Describe your objectives, goals, strategies and measures:
Define the broad Objectives for the business within defined time frames.
you will do.
Define Numerical Goals for each objective within defined time frames.
you will do it
Define Strategies to reach each Goal to be executed within defined time frames.
This will define the routes to action.
Define Numerical Measures for each Strategy within defined time frames
that are in line to deliver the Numerical Goals.
These are performance indicators.
Step 2 Describe how the plan is to be actioned:
List all assumptions (factors) influencing the OGSM including economic
environment constraints that could
significantly impact results
List tactics (scheduled actions) for each strategy that you can implement
within the defined time frame that are i
n line with the numerical Measures
Set targets for the strategies and tactics to make the plan actionable.
Some targets might be something that is measurable each week, month
or quarter so you have an on-going way to measure your progress t
oward the larger goals.
Step 3 Describe how the plan is to be REVIEWED and ADAPTED to changed circumstances:
Periodically compare outcomes versus your targets.
Simply put, did you do what you said you were going to do?.
Analyze why you were able to surpass some targets, barely
meet some targets and not meet other targets.
From your Gap Analysis, adapt the plan if necesary to any
changed circumstances to keep it on track to meet the goals.
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