Background Note | HBS Case Collection | January 1994 (Revised March 1995)

Evaluating an Action Plan

by Linda A. Hill


Managers report that action planning to resolve interpersonal and organizational challenges is far more demanding than diagnosing them. Although there are many frameworks for evaluating their diagnoses, there are few for evaluating their action plans. Reviews the major criteria for assessing an action plan. Includes a short list of "Key Elements of Action Planning," and a longer list of "Criteria for Evaluating an Action Plan." The list of criteria is written as a series of questions to ask yourself when assessing an action plan.

Keywords: Planning;


Hill, Linda A. "Evaluating an Action Plan." Harvard Business School Background Note 494-090, January 1994. (Revised March 1995.)