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The Horizons Planning Model

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    Over the past year, we noticed a few things.

    1. 30 days was too short a time to plan for. We spent almost as much time planning as we did doing work.
    2. Teams need a breather between the work. We needed some sort of break where we could evaluate the last period and develop the plan for the next period.
    3. We needed to ensure a better focus on working on the business rather than In the business.
    4. A desire for community and peer support combined with many opportunities to learn from peers.
    5. Virtual is tiresome.

    So we decided to dump the calendar method – we think Julius Ceasar and Pope Gregory XIII came up with a pretty useful calendar system. Still, they knew nothing about planning in the 21st century.

    Instead of using the month and quarter as a basis for our planning, we’ve moved to horizons and trimesters.

    The horizon is the basic unit of planning: it is a 6-week period rather than 30 days (or 1-month) period. There are two of these in every trimester. Between each planning horizon, we have a two-week reset period. We’ll use that period to review plans and reset for the second horizon.

    After each trimester, we’ll have a planning summit where we will reconsider the entire year, allowing us to plan from the future. These planning summits will be live and in person and will include opportunities to network and learn from one another.

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    We will have three trimesters a year with an extra long break at the end of the year (in deference to the Gregorian timing of the holidays…).
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    We think this will allow us to concentrate on planning while getting more out of it and allow us to build better businesses faster.