The Lazy Man’s Guide to Action PlansIn this series of tutorials, I will help you define your Action Plan; give examples to download; show you how to format your MS Word templates.
1. Action Plan: Define itAn Action Plan enables you to communicate the goals that need to be achieved to realize your business goals. An Action Plan must be measurable, practical, and accountable.
2. Action Plan: Format itTo do this, your Action Plan template must include fields for a detailed description of the tasks, to who it has been assigned, the due date, priority, current status, and completion date.
3. Action Plan: Write itThe Action Plan is a means to communicate scope to management. By communicating your scope of work, it serves as a tool to manage expectations and to assist in the setting of priorities…especially when the projects stack up.
[Learn more about these MS Word and Excel templates here] About the Author: Ivan Walsh is a Business Plan Consultant who has worked for IBM, Intel and NEC in the US, Europe and China. Get his Action Plan Templates and Free Business Writing Tips here.