P.A.C.E. Planning for Your Project

Why do you need P.A.C.E. planning for your project? Well, contingency planning for projects, special events and even our personal lives is key. In this episode I share the basics of Primary Alternate Contingency Emergency or “P.A.C.E.” planning and its importance to Project Management.

LISTEN HERE: ‘Foundations Friday 23: Set the P.A.C.E. for Your Projects
The time wedge
The time wedge

Sample Key Concepts from New System Go-Live P.A.C.E. Plans:

P.A.C.E. MODEL Below please find the P.A.C.E. model explained as well as continuity and decision making guidance for all-hazards event planners and incident responders.

Breaking down P.A.C.E.:

  • Primary Plan
    • The “sunny skies” plan focused on main objective of on time go-live
    • Most desirable option
    • Full functionality with all systems
    • Yields most desirable results
    • Examples: Go-Live plan, Project Management Plan (PMP)
  • Alternate Plan
    • A “partly sunny” plan that closely supports Primary plan
    • This one is less desirable, but still viable
    • Partial functionality, but still going live
    • May be less desirable, but still supports Primary plan
    • Examples: revised Go-Live and PMP
  • Contingency Plan
    • This plan focuses on going live with one, but not all components
    • Not desirable
    • Partial go-live
    • Examples: Manage event, downtime or other incidents just before, at time of or during Go-Live
  • Emergency Plan
    • Focus on back out and complete delay go-live
    • Last choice
    • No go-live
    • Examples: How do we go back to pre-system change; Can we go back? We cannot go plan
  • Continuity and “Paying it Forward”
    • Good leaders have trained “two levels up and two levels down”
    • This means knowledge and information sharing two levels above you in the org chart and two levels below you in the org chart
    • Prepare others for success by empowering them with knowledge
  • Consider the “Time Wedge”
    • The more time you allow to pass, the less options you may have when making a decision

‘BTS40: Worst Case Scenarios Happen – The Critical Importance of Contingency Planning’ – https://blubrry.com/peopleprocessprogress/54852608/bts-ep40-worst-case-scenarios-happen-the-critical-importance-of-contingency-planning/
Stay safe, wash your hands and Godspeed,


Kevin Pannell, PMP | Creator & Host, ‘People, Process, Progress’ | Connect and subscribe at https://linktr.ee/peopleprocessprogress

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