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Planning by Design




Annual Workshops
2011 - Plan to be Lucky

Plan to be Lucky Workshop

Friday, April 22, 1:00 - 4:30 pm

Author & Presenter
Dick Muther

April 23, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Professional Development Seminars

Carriage Club
5301 State Line Rd.
Kansas City, Missouri 64112

In the 2011 workshop, Dick provided a step-by-step review of his 16th book, Plan to be Lucky: Seven Ways to Put Good Luck in your Future.

Using both personal and professional examples, the just-published book applies the principles of Planning by Design to career â?? and life â?? planning. Dick translates The Principles of Scientific Management, written by Frederick Taylor a hundred years ago, from physical to mental processes, to help his readers plan to be lucky.

Workshop Outline

Following is the full outline of Dick's presentation.


Just a hundred years ago, Fredrick Taylor wrote The Principles of Scientific Management, and IHPP is part of the process of taking this concept into the future. IHPP is interested in measuring the mental processes of planning as compared to the physical measurements of work by Taylor.

In 1947, Dick Muther conducted a one-day training session in Zurich, Switzerland to help post World War II leaders learn better ways of planning. Today, we are expanding the applications of the planning process by teaching, training and guiding people to be better planners in all facets of business. This movement will contribute significantly to improving global productivity.

For decades, physical (manufacturing) processes have had well-defined systems of planning methods and execution. IHPP is focused on improving the mental and intellectual applications of planning. For example, religious and moral teachers may develop systematic programs or plans to help individuals make better choices.

Secret #1: Balance the Three Fundamentals.

The Hard, Soft and Sensitive Fundamentals: Physical, Mental and Emotional.

Every project or process has these three aspects. Understanding these before planning is important to designing a successful plan. This may be the Product, the Buying Process, and Customer Satisfaction for Value Added companies. It is always important to balance the fundamentals and keep them in harmony, verses setting up a system that puts the three fundamentals in tension or conflict.

Secret #2: Build a Habit of Being Right.

There is a four-step sequence to being right:

  1. Do the right thing: Establish a target for the correct results.
  2. Plan it right: Plan what to do, and how to do it, to target the right end result.
  3. Get it done right: Involve the proper people in planning that are in the process.
  4. Make it work right.

Success takes all four in the correct sequence.

Secret #3: Learn the Formula for Planning.

P = D1 + D2 + D3: Planning = Discern + Devise + Decide

  • Discern is to discover and understand the subject matter.
  • Devise is to diagnose and develop.
  • Decide is to select and accept.

The Three Fundamentals are important, always involved, singular or unique for the subject area. The Three Fundamentals of Planning = Discern, Devise and Decide.

Secret #4: Invest in Planning.

Ready yourself to grab the unexpected. Every THING is relative to TIME and SPACE. Plan YOUR "thing" relative to time and space, and:

  • from the outside in.
  • from the whole to the parts.
  • from long term to short term.
  • from "what" to "how."

Use four phases to plan projects:

  1. Orientation
  2. Overall Plan
  3. Detail Plan
  4. Action Plan

There is a structure to planning:

  1. The phases always come in sequence.
  2. The earlier it is in the project, the more personal the data and decisions.
  3. The phases need to overlap some.
  4. Each phase should have an approval.
  5. The future impact decreases as the project approaches the detail planning phase.
  6. The higher the level of planning, the farther out the projections.

Secret #5: Plan by Design.

Draw a right and a left hand on a sheet of paper to make a working model of a project, before you know what the project is. This exercise will "tool up" your brain.

  • On left hand write PLAN. On right hand write PROJECT.
  • The two hands make a WORKING MODEL.

On the Planning hand:

  • Thumb is DEVELOP the model.
  • Index finger has ability to APPLY the model.
  • Middle finger is the FORMULA for planning.
  • Third finger is the FUNDMENTALS.
  • Little finger is SIZE of the project.

On the Project hand:

  • Thumb is YOU.
  • Index finger is the BOSS or client.
  • Middle finger is the OBJECT or purpose of the project.
  • Third finger is HOW we are going to do it.
  • Little finger is the SCHEDULE or HOW MUCH resources are needed.

The PLANNING and PROJECT must go TOGETHER to work.

A scientific study shows that without planning, the average project takes 46% more resources than projected at the beginning. Systematic planning reduces scheduling and cost overruns With experience, companies can build the necessary contingencies into the schedule to achieve the target date. By having a plan, changes in scope can be quantified, and the impact of each change is known sooner.

Organizations that expect instant reaction to chanes without allowing for forced or frequent change and a significant amount of ineffectiveness and inefficiencies are regularly disappointed with the end result. Change can be disruptive. If unplanned variation is induced in a process, there will be a negative impact.

Change can be disruptive. If unplanned variation is induced in a process, there will be a negative impact.

Secret #6: Bring the Futures to You.

If you apply these planning methods to yourself, you can be ready for career changes.

Fundamentals are CAREERS, REQUISITES and PATHWAYS. Each person should plan at least three careers during their working three pathways for each combination. Select the best alternatives and develop an action plan to achieve your selection alternative.

Secret #7: Get a Brain Transplant.

The human brain actually works the way that the systematic planning process works.

If the process is followed, the brain and the process are in harmony. The more the process is followed, the more the brain will automatically use the systematic planning process.


If you would like to purchase a copy of the book, please contact us: IHPP • P.O. Box 704 • Wildwood, MO 63040 • Phone: (636) 391-3002 • E-mail: information@ihpp.org


The 2016 IHPP Workshop is being planned for the spring or early summer. Please check back for the final dates.

We're happy to announce that board member Dr. Hakan Bütüner's new book, Systematic Strategic Planning, has been published by CRC Press.

Bütüner's book cover
Click to read an abstract.

For ordering information, please e-mail Hakan Bütüner or contact IHPP.

Hakan Bütüner introduces his new book Systematic Strategic Planning at the 2013 workshop.

Dick Muther and Hakan Bütüner Launch Definitive Planning by Design at the 2012 workshop.

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