Monday, July 17, 2017

Creating a Work Plan (Part 5)

This is Part 5 of a 6 part series collectively titled, McKinsey Method for Fire Protection Solutions. As you read keep in mind that these systems and processes can be applied to  fire protection organization and leadership, and to physical fire protection systems and components.






If it can’t be put on paper, then it lacks clarity. In Part 2 of this series, How to Analyze Fire Protection Problems,  a  four part process for analyzing problems was outlined. The work plan is the tool used to define and specify the desired outcomes of the identified problem analysis. The work plan lists all the issues that were framed in initial hypothesis. The work plan then provides a pathway to address these issues.  For each issue the work plan chart will show:

  • Statement of the issue or hypothesis.
  • Prioritized list of analysis to be completed to prove/disprove hypothesis.
  • Data and sources needed to perform the analysis.
  • Description of the end product of the analysis (or item produced to show analysis data).
  • Team member responsible for the end product.
  • Due date for the end product


Write down the hypothesis to be analyzed.  Under this list all issues or sub-issues that need to be addressed.  Across from each issue, describe the analysis that will need to be performed. In the next column list the data and data sources that will be needed to conduct a thorough analysis.  Next, describe the end product. What will need to be produced to compile the data and demonstrate the validity of the analysis?  Assign each of these issues and analyses to a team member, and give them a deadline for the final product.

We have created a spreadsheet for you to utilize. Click the image to access.

Work Plan Spreadsheet