Development and Evaluation of an Intuitive Operations Planning Process

Élaboration et Évaluation d’un Processus de Planification Intuitive des Opérations


  1. Martin, L.B.
  2. Bandali, F.
  3. Rehak, L.
  4. Vokac, R.
  5. Lamoureux, T.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
This work represents the fourth phase of a project investigating the Canadian Forces (CF) Operational Planning Process (OPP) and an alternative planning process based on intuitive decision making. This is in support of a larger project, Project Minerva, focused on re-examining Command and Control (C2), specifically the CF OPP, in the Land Force in light of the implementation of digitized C2 systems. The CF OPP represents an analytic decision making process in which 1) multiple solutions to the problem must be evaluated and the best selected, and 2) evaluation of solution alternatives must be performed through exhaustive factor-by-factor comparison. Research in the cognitive sciences has suggested that a large portion of human decision making is conducted intuitively; i.e. by less formal, non-analytic processes. Thus, there may be a mismatch between the OPP as laid out in doctrine and taught at training and education institutions within the CF, and the planning process as practiced by command teams in more operational settings, especially at the Brigade level and below. Specifically, the current work includes the development of an alternative planning process based on intuitive decision making (referred to as the Intuitive Operations Planning Process or IOPP), the development of a training course for the IOPP, and an evaluation of the effectiveness of the IOPP compared to the existing CF OPP. The IOPP exhibits the best characteristics of other intuitive planning models (Kieven

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Canadian Forces(CF);Intuitive Operations Planning Process(IOPP);planning process;OPP;Operational Planning Process;IOPP;Intuitive Operational Planning Process;Planning models
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2006-076 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
26 May 2006
Number of Pages
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