Measuring Success



Planning for, measuring, and driving toward success. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? The following tools and resources approach each part separately, with the Four Disciplines of Execution, bringing it all together. 

  • Planning refers to the process of deciding what to do and how to do it. Planning occurs at many levels, from day to day decisions made by individuals and families to complex decisions that are within local councils and throughout the BSA system.
  • Measuring refers to the tracking of progress and success, to include recognizing milestones and outcomes. 


A vision without a plan is just a dream. A plan without a vision is just drudgery. But a vision with a plan can change the world. — Proverb

One of the most common sets of activities in management is planning. Very simply put, planning is setting the direction for something — some system — and then working to ensure the system follows that direction. Systems have inputs, processes, outputs and outcomes. 

To explain, inputs to the system include resources such as raw materials, money, technologies and people. These inputs go through a process where they’re aligned, moved along and carefully coordinated, ultimately to achieve the goals set for the system. Outputs are tangible results produced by processes in the system, such as products or services for consumers. Another kind of result is outcomes, or benefits for consumers, e.g., jobs for workers, enhanced quality of life for customers, etc. 

Systems can be the entire organization, or its departments, groups, processes, etc. Read entire article