The Golden Circle of Planning

May 4, 2020

Golden Circle of Planning helps organizations understand and execute core elements of planning. It enables them to take the necessary actions to build agile and effective enterprise planning processes.

 Enterprise Planning plays a significant role in driving the performance of an organization. It helps organizations unify their planning processes across functions. This enables them to achieve strategic business goals and objectives with insight-based decisions.

 However, Enterprise Planning processes can deliver results only if they address the core elements of planning.

 So, what are the core aspects of planning an organization should focus on?

 How does the ‘Golden Circle of Planning’ help them?

 Before going into these pertinent questions, let us first understand,

 The Golden Circle

The golden circle concept is proposed by Simon Sinek in his book/ted talk, “start with why‘. This approach deals with three critical aspects of ‘WHY’, ‘HOW’ and ‘WHAT’ of creating unique value propositions for organizations.

The same concept can deliver robust enterprise planning processes when used in planning.

Golden Circle of Planning

The golden circle of planning helps organizations address the WHY, HOW, and WHAT of planning processes. 

 Let us understand what each of these stages means.

 WHY – In this stage, organizations and business owners understand the need for business planning and its significance. In other words, they need to comprehend Why planning is done in an enterprise and what is its purpose. 

 HOW  Once the need for business planning is felt and recognized, the next step is ‘How’. It deals with how to effectively define the planning processes to meet the real needs of planning.

 WHAT – The final stage involves operationalizing the planning processes. It deals with all the management activities required to establish the planning system in the organization.

Hence, whether it is a large or small business, it should address all these critical planning components to achieve its goals. 

 So how can an organization in this rapidly evolving business world address these aspects?

Are there any tools or software that help businesses focus on these areas while planning?

Yes. There are various sophisticated and advanced software that can help in this area. These software help organizations establish a robust planning system with great data collection, data aggregation, and analytics capabilities. But the majority of them address only the ‘WHAT’ stage of the golden circle with little focus on other stages. A robust planning system is no doubt important for generating actionable insights from the cross-functional data. But it may not be effective if the direction and objectives of planning are not correctly defined. 

How does an organization efficiently address these core aspects of ‘WHY’ and ‘WHAT’ of planning?

The answer to this question is JustPerform.

JustPerform is a cloud-based platform that simplifies the Definition, Design & Deployment of all the Planning and Consolidation Processes. It is specifically designed for SAP Analytics Cloud for Planning, SAP Business Planning and Consolidation & S/4 HANA Group Reporting solutions. 

This unified platform empowers organizations to deal with these critical areas of the ‘Golden circle of planning’.

Golden Circle of Planning

Golden Circle of Planning

How JustPerform addresses these core facets?

The key reason for planning in an organization is to identify the metrics that drive performance. As mentioned earlier, this is the real purpose of planning in an enterprise. JustPerform provides the management team with insights into key business metrics. It empowers them to establish the right metrics that drive business performance.

JustPerform contains the value driver tree to helps business users visually define the key business metrics. The vale driver tree is made of planning infoblocks where business users can define their metrics and their underlying drivers using simple arithmetic formulae. These visual tools in JustPerform enable business users to link business metrics to an end outcome easily. They can be defined at various levels that are relevant for business performance analysis.
Moreover, the business reference models available in JustPerform provides industry best practices to build accurate metrics.

Once the business metrics and drivers are defined, the next step is to deploy these metrics. These metrics are deployed into the end planning and reporting solutions to capture the necessary details. The details include the people responsible for submitting the data and the data source to collect the data from. JustPerform automates this entire deployment with its machine learning algorithms and performs it in real-time.

In this way, JustPerform addresses the ‘WHY’ and ‘HOW’ of the planning that is not addressed by other planning software. It even eases the ‘WHAT’ aspect by auto-deploying the processes into the end panning systems.

Planning can bring agility and competitive advantage to an organization provided it is done the right way. The ‘Golden Circle of Planning’ helps organizations confront the ever-changing business landscape with effective planning processes. 



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