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Conclusion

The identify phase involves the identification of at least one source of uncertainty for each activity or other plan component associated with the seven Ws identified in the define phase. If a detailed decomposition of this basic source structure is relevant, identified and decomposed, responses may also prove relevant. A generic ‘do nothing’ or ‘cross your bridges when you come to them’ response is one option, but this will not be appropriate in some cases. A generic ‘do nothing or something unspecified’ is inevitable if sources of uncertainty are high level composites like PERT activity duration variability with no intention to deal with explicit responses.

If a high clarity approach is needed, and an activity structure is the priority place to start, a first pass through the six steps of the identify phase should provide a preliminary list of obvious ‘wet buckle’ equivalents plus a ‘productivity variations’ equivalent for all key high uncertainty activities. This first pass should also provide a ‘repair’ equivalent reactive response option plus a reasonably rich set of other options whenever this may be relevant. As in earlier Part II chapters, it is useful to start by assuming a high clarity approach for a client without the experience to take short-cuts, and it is always important to take short-cuts understanding what is gained and lost. Even when high clarity overall is clearly needed, de....


  

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