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Chapter 8: Structure all uncertainty > Identify general responses and order res...

Identify general responses and order responses

Responses require development in the structure phase for some of the same reasons as the sources and associated activities or other plans and W components, leading to useful selective restructuring if more or less complexity increases clarity efficiency. Two new aspects of this selective restructuring development are worth highlighting:

  • distinguishing between specific and general responses;
  • ordering specific and general responses.

Distinguishing between specific and general responses

Some responses are specific to particular sources. For example, if a pipeline ‘wet buckle’ occurs as discussed in Chapter 7, ‘repair’ or ‘abandon and start again’ are feasible specific responses. Other responses may be identified in the context of a particular source, but serve as general responses in the sense that they offer a solution to a wide range of sources, including important unknown sources. This calls for a careful and systematic search for all general responses. As a simple, practical matter, all project managers should try to make sure that they have at least one general response available to deal with combinations of sources, including sources they may not have been able to identify. Consider a further extension of the Chapte....


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