An area we have been developing as a service alongside our project planning is that of Business Operating Plans or Annual Operating Plans (AOP).
If you think of business operations as being a series of smaller projects, you can apply the same techniques and approaches of project planning to everyday business processes and actions, in order to increase efficiency and gain a more holistic view of the business.
All too often, when a small business grows, the approaches, systems and processes that worked fine on a small scale are not fit for purpose when scaled up. This can lead to inefficiencies that have a knock-on effect on business operations and profitability.
Business owners / directors get bogged down in the day-to-day running of the business, often ‘fire-fighting’ problems on a daily basis and are unable to take a step back and concentrate on the strategic issues and developments of the organisation.