The Corps planning process follows the six-step process defined in the Principles and Guidelines (P&G). This process is a structured approach to problem solving which provides a rational framework for sound decision making. The six-step process is used for all planning studies conducted by the Corps of Engineers. The process is also applicable for many other types of studies and its wide use is encouraged. The six steps are:
- Step 1 - Identifying problems and opportunities
- Step 2 - Inventorying and forecasting conditions
- Step 3 - Formulating alternative plans
- Step 4 - Evaluating alternative plans
- Step 5 - Comparing alternative plans
- Step 6 - Selecting a plan
Corps decision making is generally based on the accomplishment and documentation of all of these steps. It is important to stress the iterative nature of this process. As more information is acquired and developed, it may be necessary to reiterate some of the previous steps. The six steps, though presented and discussed in a sequential manner for ease of understanding, usually occur iteratively and sometimes concurrently. Iterations of steps are conducted as necessary to formulate efficient, effective, complete and acceptable plans.
For more detailed information on the planning process, please look in the Planning Guidance Notebook (ER 1105-2-100).