Action Plans for Work Teams: Definition & Development

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  • 0:04 Lists for Productivity
  • 0:35 What Is An Action Plan?
  • 1:46 Building An Action Plan
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Instructor: Beth Hendricks

Beth holds a master's degree in integrated marketing communications, and has worked in journalism and marketing throughout her career.

Want to get stuff done more efficiently? Consider an action plan. In this lesson, you'll learn more about action plans for work teams, why they're important, and how they are developed.

Lists for Productivity

You make lots of lists in life: grocery lists, to-do lists, Christmas lists, wish lists, check lists, lists of your New Year's resolutions. And, for what? Typically, we write things down so we can be organized, refer back to them and, hopefully, cross off the things we've accomplished.

In a business environment, however, there's another list of sorts that compiles all the tasks that need to be performed in order to achieve a successful outcome. We call that list an action plan.

What Is an Action Plan?

Imagine if you were on a work team tasked with completing a big project and, instead of the team formulating a plan of attack, everyone just went off and did his or her own thing. It would be a mess! Some people would duplicate tasks, while other tasks would get forgotten completely. So, what's the solution to organizing work teams in a way that assignments get done, and the goal is reached? It's an action plan.

An action plan doesn't have to be some assortment of complicated documents. All it really is is a list of the tasks necessary to meet the singular goal of the work team. Think about an action plan in terms of something you may have dealt with at home, like planning a birthday party. To be sure you cover all your bases, you write down everything you need to do for the party: things like pick up the cake, set up tables and chairs, and pay the entertainer. It's simply there to make it easier for you to get your job done.

In the same way, action plans help keep work teams on task. Because each task is laid out in black and white, work teams can make sure that every piece of the project is covered and assigned to a specific worker. An action plan is synonymous with a framework or blueprint for how a team will successfully complete a project.

Building an Action Plan

Luckily, building an action plan requires only two real tools: a pencil and a piece of paper.

Here's a quick to-do list of your own for creating an action plan:

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