Backward Planning

Here is another group process for committees or small groups to use once they’ve decided on an activity. They start with the final activity, event or outcome and work backwards to define the steps toward accomplishing it.

The group members have paper and markers, at least one sheet for each step of the process needed to accomplish the activity. They start with the last step on one sheet and work their way back to the beginning, rearranging as necessary. Once they have laid out all the steps and put a timeline with them, they will have a comprehensive, orderly plan for how to go forward.

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