SAI's approach to planning support provides experienced Managers and Analysts to help the Government establish the long-and near-term plans for organizations to perform their mission and achieve their vision of the future. Planning support includes identification of the organizations specific mission, vision, strategic goals, elements of strategy, core competencies, priorities, and areas of emphasis.
Effective planning requires accurate information. SAI's experienced staff can deliver the required information to make effective decisions by employing a range of data gathering tools. The following tools are available from SAI: focus groups, meetings, surveys, interviews, research and analysis of existing data. SAI's planning support process consists of five basic steps: diagnosing the business situation, developing a Vision and Mission Statement, developing goals, defining strategies and determining impact on the organization.
SAI's emphasis on Total Quality as the guiding principle when developing Quality Plans emphasizes individual responsibility thus ensuring the highest possible quality. Total Quality means that quality principles and requirements are passed down to project personnel, each of whom has a responsibility for the quality of their respective product.
When developing quality plans, SAI follows a disciplined process that ensures that each specific quality requirement is clearly defined and documented and that all project performance requirements are identified. Audit and surveillance plans must also include a process for independent review, analysis and feedback of performance against quality requirements to provide a mechanism to continuously improve processes.
Periodic review, maintenance and coordination of quality plans ensure that they are understood and agreed to by project or task personnel.
SAI Performance Work Statement services ensure that all project requirements, specifications, standards and tasks are identified in a detailed work breakdown structure (WBS). These efforts are captured and defined as distinct, manageable tasks, eliminating omissions or duplications and providing visibility for effective management.
The WBS is a tabular, top-down breakdown tree in order to establish "parent/child" relationships. Tasks are grouped on the WBS and assigned a discrete WBS task number that associates it with its parent. The WBS enables partitioning of the requirements into discreet Performance Work Statements and ensures that all project requirements are flowed down to the individual PWS.
SAI's planning process provides experienced personnel and structured processes that can by used to support initial study planning. The planning process emphasizes the involvement of the right people frequent communication among the team.
A study plan depends on what information is needed to collect in order to make major decisions about a product, service, program, etc. The more focused about what the objective of the study is, the more effective and efficient the study can be and the shorter the time it will take and ultimately the less it will cost.
The following are typical questions SAI considers when supporting initial study planning: For what purposes is the study being done, Who are the audiences for the information from the study, What kinds of information are needed, From what sources should the information be collected, How can that information be collected in a reasonable fashion, When is the information needed (so, by when must it be collected), What resources are available to collect the information?
With the answers to these questions in mind, the initial study planning can commence. The following are typical phases in initial study planning recommended by SAI. They do not comprise the complete, ideal planning process. reference overall singular purpose or desired result, take stock outside and inside the system, analyze the situation, establish goals, establish strategies to reach goals, establish objectives along the way to achieving goals, associate responsibilities and time lines with each objective, write and communicate a plan document.
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