What Is a Good Plan?

Trond Bølviken1, Sigmund Aslesen2 & Lauri Koskela3

1, , and Director of Strategy, HR and HSE, Veidekke Entreprenør AS, P.O. Box 506 Skøyen, N-0214 Oslo, trond.bolviken@veidekke.no
2Development manager, Veidekke Entreprenør AS, P.O. Box 506 Skøyen, N-0214 Oslo, sigmund.aslesen@veidekke.no
3Professor of Construction and Project Management, School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH, United Kingdom; email l.koskela@hud.ac.uk. Also at Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, School of Engineering, Aalto University.

Abstract

The word plan is in English both a verb and a noun, reminding us that to plan is a process resulting in a product, a plan. While the Last Planner System (LPS) is primarily focused on how to plan and control production, other planning concepts are more focused on the plan contents (the plan). A more explicit approach to the characteristics of a good plan could improve LPS as a planning concept. The paper proposes such a list, based on a discussion of the plan contents highlighted by the following planning concepts: Critical Path, the Location-Based Management System, Takt Planning, Critical Chain, Agile, Task Planning and the Last Planner System.

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Bølviken, T. , Aslesen, S. & Koskela, L. 2015, 'What Is a Good Plan?' In:, Seppänen, O., González, V.A. & Arroyo, P., 23rd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Perth, Australia, 29-31 Jul 2015. pp 93-102

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