Making Wise Adjustments Midstream

A hopeful neighborhood is one where neighbors create and work a plan together in pursuit of the common good of their neighborhood.


But if you’ve ever made and worked a plan, then you know the sober (and perhaps exciting) truth of the old Robert Burns maxim: The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. There are many reasons a plan can go awry, but sometimes it’s simply because the situation on the ground has changed.

Once a small group of neighbors begin working their plan to make a difference in their neighborhood it’s important that they keep an eye on their surroundings and their circumstances. There’s a simple model that can help any group do just that.

In the 1960s, a management consultant named Albert Humphrey at the Stanford Research Institute came up with a helpful model that any team can use to make wise adjustments midstream. Humphrey recommended do