I have mentioned workarounds in many posts and comments. For many PMP aspirants, this was a new concept. A few of them requested that I write a post explaining it.
Today, we will be going into detail about:
- What is a workaround?
- What plan do we use for workarounds?
- Which reserve will you use for workarounds?
- In which process do you manage workarounds?
Workarounds are responses to unidentified risks or passively accepted risks.
Put simply, if any unidentified risk occurs, you will manage it through a workaround. If you have any identified risks you did not plan for, you will also use a workaround to manage them.
The project environment is dynamic, and even an experienced project manager cannot identify all risks. Workarounds are common.
Which Plan Will You Use to Manage a Workaround?
You may wonder which plan to use for workarounds; more specifically, do you use a contingency or fallback plan?
Contingency plans and fallback plans are developed to manage identified risks, but workarounds are a response to unidentified risks.
Once an unidentified risk occurs, you will discuss it with your team members and come up with a plan to contain the situation and minimize the impact.
Which reserve will you use for workarounds?
You have two risk reserves in project management: contingency reserve and management reserve.
The contingency reserve is for identified risks, and the management reserves are for unidentified risks. Since workarounds are a response to unidentified risks, you will use them.
In which process do you carry out a workaround?
As discussed, workarounds are responses to unidentified risks and involve controlling them. So, you carry out workarounds in the control risks process. Implementing workarounds can cause a change request.
Workarounds are responses to unidentified risks. Once any unidentified risk occurs, you will develop a plan and try to manage it. There is no pre-existing plan for workarounds, and you use the management reserve.
How do you manage workarounds in your project? Please share your experiences in the comments section.