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"Planning for Crises in Project Management"

by Larry A. Mallak, Harold A. Kurstedt, Jr., and Gerold A. Patzak, in Project Management Journal, June 1997, pp. 14-20.

This is an interesting article about planning for crises. At minimum "Even for small projects, assign the job of developing at least a two-page risk analysis and contingency plan before the project begins. This is similar to a company appointing a manager of business interruption planning."

"In a crisis the worst decision is no decision and the second worst decision is a late one." Crisis planning lays the groundwork for timely communications and decision making. The process the authors describe consists primarily of (1) Risk Analysis and (2) Contingency Plans.

Tools described are: