visualizing how an idea might be implemented
Developing A Plan means coming up with a practical implementation of an idea. It is not enough to simply have the idea. To develop a plan, one must develop an actual mental model of how such an idea might be made manifest. In other words, one might have an idea to build a spacious house. But to develop a plan for the house one must imagine everything that makes up the house -- the design, the layout, the colors and textures, everything that is essential to understanding what that specific house is. A character that deals with developing plans would be well aware of the kind of solution that will eliminate the problem but spend his time trying to devise a specific way of achieving that solution.
syn. visualizing, imagining, envisioning, visualizing implementation