"Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential", Winston Churchill.
Not sure he was entirely correct, flexibility is the ability to change a plan, not the absence of one. Plans provide for a clear objective, boundaries and coherent activity across complex organisations.
The planning process is essential if a common action plan is to be built. Unfortunately the planning process can seem interminable - consuming resources in return for declining momentum.
In this we can learn from the military. They tend to have very rigid time constraints - with the last to move tending to lose. Momentum is everything. The military, across many countries, have a largely common, and proven, process - with local variations and jargon to confuse the innocent.
While not directly applicable outside of military operations, it can be usefully adapted.
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