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Plan B, Plan C, Plan D…

February 17, 2011

Project Managers deal with uncertainty on a daily if not hourly basis.  Successful Project Managers are acting in the present with a constant eye on the future.  We have to think several steps ahead of everyone else and are in a constant state of what if.  We must have a plan B, plan C, plan D and so on.  While we are not fortune tellers and we cannot see the future, we should be running possible scenarios in our head at all times and planning and/or adjusting accordingly.  Projects are subject to change.  We must adapt quickly and efficiently to reduce impact to the project and the organization.  A thorough identification analysis of,  and plan to deal with possible risks helps us to respond quicker and with less negative effects.  The time we spend in planning a project helps us to see the road ahead and gives us a map to navigate.  I have provided a link below to a good article about contingency planning  or developing a  “Plan B”.
Contingency Planning: Developing a Good ‘Plan B’

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  1. March 19, 2011 3:38 am

    This is all about risk; sometimes things happen, sometimes they don’t. Therefore we need to look at a range of outcomes and continually reassess the possibilities. Coming up with different scenarios (plan A, plan B etc.) needs to be linked closely with sensitivity analysis, i.e. a review of project assumptions.

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