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## Planual Explained

Have you heard about the document called “The Planual”? Do you know how many Articles, Chapters, and Rules do we have in it, what is the Zen of the Anaplan (Guidelines basically)? If you don’t know here is the article for you.

Planual Definition: It is the guidebook for Anaplan modelling but as per Best Practices

Planual Artifacts: There are 6 Articles, 36 Chapters and 193 Rules in it. Overall there are 31 exceptions given to 21 rules. Do you know which rule has the maximum number of exceptions?Let me know in your comments?

Anyway here is the breakup of the Planual numbers. I am not detailing out the chapters here because it is already available in the Planual.

 Articles Chapters Rules Exceptions Central Library 8 36 11 Engine 4 44 12 UX Principles 10 39 0 UX Build 2 21 2 Integration 7 33 4 ALM 5 20 2 36 193 31

Zen of Anaplan: There are 10 guidelines in the Planual which is considered to be the Zen of the Anaplan and here are these.

• Just because you CAN doesn’t mean you SHOULD
• Calculate once, reference many times
• Simple > complex
• Only calculate when you need to
• Sparsity is not your enemy
• Big and fast > small and slow
• Booleans = great. Text = bad
• Text joins = worse
• Don’t let exceptions overcomplicate the model
• Sums and lookups are good, but never together

Fun Fact –ZEN means meditation. The Japanese for zen is from the Chinese for chan which in turn comes from the Hindu dhyana, the form of yoga through meditation. ... Asking the true meaning of zen at a deeper level is incredibly self-referential, important and useless to the point of dizziness~ ~ Source: blog.gembaacademy.com

Rule 1.01-01 => What to infer from these Rule numbers?  Remember the Acronym (ACR) – A for Article, C for Chapter and R for Rule

Left most 1 is the Article number i.e., Central Library in this case

01 in the middle is the Chapter number i.e., Time in this case

Right most 01 is the Rule number i.e., “Never use SELECT with TIME” in this case

I am going to explain these rules (though not all) with detailed explanation. What used to happen before Planual was born which we will be calling as “PRE DAVID ERA” or Simply “PDE” and what happens now. Please let me know which rule you want me to explain in detail. If it doesn’t require too much of an effort and external factors that might derail the explanation I will surely do my best otherwise I will go ahead with the selection that I have made. Stay tuned!

Note: Forgive me @DavidSmith  for using your name in an era considered to be a Paleolithic age in Anaplan Modelling:)

Note: This Article is based on the Planual - Version 1. There might be the new version in future which may change the overall numbers.

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@DavidSmith It was an honor to collaborate with you and Rob on this.