Project Management

Avoid Project Meltdown

Mark Vaughn

Disaster recovery plans focus on getting the day-to-day business running smoothly again, but they often fail to address the equally important need to preserve mission critical initiatives within the project portfolio. Here are five steps for applying crisis management at the project level.

Having a disaster recovery plan is commonplace for most companies. It’s an essential tool for dealing with emergency situations, whether they’re caused by a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or infrastructure failure. When that disaster hits, everyone from the executives to the employees need to know how to react. But there’s a fundamental problem with these companywide plans: They are often focused solely on the first step to recovery, getting the day-to-day business running smoothly again. They can fail to address the equally important step of preserving mission critical projects.

With business increasingly turning to global resourcing, project managers need to be ready as ever for a crisis. Things may be running smoothly on your end but an unexpected event across the world can quickly change everything. And when those essential decisions need to be made, general company-wide business continuity strategies cannot simply be applied to individual projects. Forward thinking companies need to have a plan in place on both a company-wide and project level.

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