Great post about what many writers despise, Outlining. It is an essential part of writing a good story but it is also time consuming and often maddening as you sit and try to move scenes around without losing the plot or subtle hints that you have scattered through the text.
My favorite way is the cork board methods. You write up each main scene in your novel on an index card and post them in order on a cork board or layed out on a table. then you can move each scene around and see if the plot still flows.