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Topics: Risk Management, Schedule Management
What is the craziest unknown event that you couldn’t foresee that impacted you as a Project Manager?
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Managing your risks through a strong risk plan is critical but sometimes things come at you from left field that you hadn’t prepared for. Mine was an ERP implementation project where our key vendor expert on the accounting side who our accounting team respected and trusted greatly three months into the project was in a serous motorcycle accident and was off the project for six months. Luckily the vendor had the bench strength to bring in another resource but the timeline was seriously impacted by the time it took to spin the resource up on our account and build relationships. It was a lesson learned for me to always check for bench strength by our vendors before signing off on contracts. You will be happy to know the vendor resource made a full recovery and is riding his motorcycle again.
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Halon suppression system accident in server room. Led to a significant delay in schedule and scope changes. I try not to think about it... :)
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2 replies by Sam Motes
Oct 02, 2018 9:52 AM
Sam Motes
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My second on the list was when I got a call from a developer working for me late at night saying he was not going to be able to make his commitments. After some further discussions he shared he had been arrested was calling from jail and was going away for a long stint. I am not sure if I was his one phone call but it was an awkward one.
Oct 02, 2018 9:54 AM
Sam Motes
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Sorry for rubbing salt in old wounds Brian. What ever doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
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There are always those unforseeable personal ones, where project members fall for each other or fall out with each other, but the most weirdly unforseeable one that comes to mind was the discovery on an office move & refit project that the new (modern) building's detailed floor-plans were not drawn to scale at all. Discovered while trying to fit the furniture in...
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A runaway server during an office move. We were on the 2nd floor of a building with no elevators, and one of our key IBM servers decided to make a run for it down the stairs when the movers hands slipped.

Thankfully they built those things solid so the only casualty was a 3.5" drive which hadn't been well secured to the frame.

Kiron
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I have a lot of scenarios. For one of my projects, we ordered RFID scanners from Australia with a estimated arrival date of 6 weeks. They came into USA within 5 weeks, but customs department hold them for almost 3 weeks which affected my project go-live date.
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Oct 02, 2018 7:26 AM
Replying to Brian Riehle
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Halon suppression system accident in server room. Led to a significant delay in schedule and scope changes. I try not to think about it... :)
My second on the list was when I got a call from a developer working for me late at night saying he was not going to be able to make his commitments. After some further discussions he shared he had been arrested was calling from jail and was going away for a long stint. I am not sure if I was his one phone call but it was an awkward one.
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Mine was assuming the walls on a new office space had right angles, only to encounter big problems adjusting the furniture. Everything was measured, but the angles were not checked. This led to delay and embarassment. On the bright side, it was agreed that this fit needed to be done by the guy supplying the furniture, so there was no cost impact.
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Oct 02, 2018 7:26 AM
Replying to Brian Riehle
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Halon suppression system accident in server room. Led to a significant delay in schedule and scope changes. I try not to think about it... :)
Sorry for rubbing salt in old wounds Brian. What ever doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
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A SWAT team charging in to the status meeting to get the team out of a building because of a shooting/gunman
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Snow - I've never thought that a heavy snow will impact an IT implementation , but yes, it happened, nobody was able to arrive to the workplace.
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Change Management in merger Integration, especially to overcome people issues and culture clashes during the merger.

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