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Emergencies Should Not Be S.O.P.

February 16, 2010

One of my goals as a Project Manager is to avoid emergencies.  Emergencies should not be S.O.P. (Standard Operating Procedure)  Emergencies are costly and do not add value for the organization or your project stakeholders.  They are almost always due to poor planning or not reading the “signs” correctly.  (thus the reason we put so much emphasis on planning in Project Management)

I read a brief article today that reminded me of my “emergency aversion”.  I am attaching a link below to that article and related articles.

I have been in organizations that consider emergencies “normal”.  Many people thrive on the adrenalin rush or jumping up to be “superheroes”.  Emergencies are bad for business.  They pull resources away from normal operations.  Who is steering the ship while everyone is dealing with the emergency?  How are emergencies affecting your organization?

If your project and/or team are in a constant state of emergency, sit your team down to figure out the root cause.  Document and learn the lessons from emergencies.  Look for ways to avoid them in the future.  Train your team to be “early warning” systems, alerting you to issues before they become emergencies.

Project Management “Emergency” Related Articles:

3 Components for Preventing Crises

Emergency Problem Solving

Project Risk Management: It’s Contingency Planning Now or Emergency Relief Later

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 10, 2010 9:30 pm

    I really like your writing style, its not generic and extremly long and tedious like a lot of blog posts I read, you get to the point and I really enjoy reading your articles! Oh, and merry Christmas!

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