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Is coronavirus in your risk registry?
I just entered coronavirus in my risk registry because it is a separate and unique risk to my projects. It impacts the availability/capacity of resources over and above things like BAU.
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Covid-19 is not a risk. Rather it is a trigger or source for potentially multiple risks. For example, if your sponsor goes into self-isolation this may impact the ability to get key decisions made in a timely manner.

Kiron
Dear Sante
Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing

I don't know what you mean when you write BAU. Can you explain to me what this is about?

A few days ago I shared a proposal by Ricardo Vargas to analyze the impact of COVID-19 on our projects

It is a source of several risks.

Should the situation of COVID 19 be addressed at the Project level or at the Corporate level?
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1 reply by Alexandre Costa
Mar 13, 2020 5:38 PM
Alexandre Costa
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BAU - is business as usual, essentially operations.
Mar 13, 2020 5:34 PM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Dear Sante
Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing

I don't know what you mean when you write BAU. Can you explain to me what this is about?

A few days ago I shared a proposal by Ricardo Vargas to analyze the impact of COVID-19 on our projects

It is a source of several risks.

Should the situation of COVID 19 be addressed at the Project level or at the Corporate level?
BAU - is business as usual, essentially operations.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Mar 13, 2020 5:46 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Alexandre
Thanks for clarifying the concept associated with BAU
Mar 13, 2020 5:38 PM
Replying to Alexandre Costa
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BAU - is business as usual, essentially operations.
Dear Alexandre
Thanks for clarifying the concept associated with BAU
Dear Sante, Covid 19 like any infectious disease which can influence daily life, projects, supply chains and BAU is an outside influence credible enough to be added to a risk registry. Depending on where a project’s life cycle currently is, progressive elaborating the impact is a necessity for success.
I fully agree with @Kiron here. If we suppose that each environmental situation that could happend will be a risk then the project will be created the list of risk only. Thinks like this happend in the past, near past not to much years ago. The key point here is something mostly forgotten: which is the way of thinking and behave you, as project manager, push to be installed into your organization? Reactive or Proactive?
Whatever we want to call it, it's happening. Business continuity and mitigation plans are active.

But no, it was not on the risk register, though, isn't the zombie apocalypse always on there :)
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1 reply by Sante Vergini
Mar 20, 2020 4:33 PM
Sante Vergini
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Andrew, I always like a good zombie apacalypse.
I am agreeing with Kiron and Sergio. What I am experiencing are the effects triggered by Covid-19. Supply chain issues, short staff, customers self isolating and delaying non-emergency work. Each of theses is there own risk factor, however Covid had triggered them all at the same time, which in the future, will need to be a higher consideration. Lack of preparedness on he part of the customers for this event is quite puzzling as well.
According to PMBOK, risk can be defined as an uncertain event or condition that results in a positive or negative effect on a project's objectives. Whereas, an issue can be defined as an event or condition that has already happened and has impacted or currently impacting the project objectives.

COVID-19 is already happening, thus should be considered an issue. However, the fact that there are many unknown things about it (for instance, we have no idea how long it will take to go back to BAU), makes it fall also in the risk category.

That being said, I have not updated the risks and issues logs, I shall do it promptly. Thanks for the reminder, Sante ;-)
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2 replies by ABDELRAHMAN HUSSEIN ALI and Sante Vergini
Mar 20, 2020 5:03 PM
Sante Vergini
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Thanks Eduard, my colleagues in other companies have done the same.
Mar 29, 2020 10:42 AM
ABDELRAHMAN HUSSEIN ALI
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I do agree with Eduard’s statement referring to the PMBOK, moreover I think that such event/issue shall be addressed excessively, all Buisness owners n project managers must conduct their own analysis to come out with a course of actions that may help to reduce/mitigate the pandemic impact/consequence, and try to propose a legislation that can find a way to compensate the affected companies as well as project, that’s required to be specific to COVID19 . Let me tell you about my nightmare that I’m currently struggling with ; due to W.H.O classification of COVID-19 as a pandemic , my project owner has forced us (contractor) to suspend all project activities till further notification (at least 2 weeks lost already) meanwhile they’re saying that pandemic is considered as a force majeure, so that we’re only have a right to claim of EOT as per the contract terms, which isn’t fair at all, while the country authorized entities has circulated some precautions (Not instructing for full suspension) to be applied by all private sectors organizations those which we’ve fully complied Immediately, moreover our colleagues in other project didn’t suspend the work as we did, so in this case we need to have a specific publication/recommendation from an independent international organization can help us to resolve this big issue taking into consideration the countries’/states’ laws /regulations, avoiding disputes and potential judiciary interference
Mar 14, 2020 7:49 AM
Replying to Andrew Craig
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Whatever we want to call it, it's happening. Business continuity and mitigation plans are active.

But no, it was not on the risk register, though, isn't the zombie apocalypse always on there :)
Andrew, I always like a good zombie apacalypse.
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