Communications and Transportation
Failure to assume that disasters will happen is a mistake of the inexperienced project manager. One assumption to make when planning for a project disaster is that communications will be challenging. To begin with, an adequate communication system needs to be in place so team members can learn when disaster occurs. With systems in place that will quickly alert the project team when an asset that is required for the project has failed, an appropriate planned response can be implemented.
Similarly, communication systems must be in place so that stakeholders can coordinate their responses after disaster has struck. In the event that assets such as IT infrastructure are affected by a disaster, this part of the disaster recovery plan may be the most important.
Another common assumption concerning project disasters is that in many cases transportation can be involved. First, the disruption of transportation can be disastrous. Proper assumptions for disaster planning would anticipate the weaknesses in the transport of people and materials so alternate delivery methods can be used. Union strikes, harsh weather, acts of terror, and other events may affect reliable transportation, so alternate systems should be in place from the outset.
Transportation is also needed to respond to project disasters. How will team members arrive on the scene when disaster strikes? The need to adequately assemble people in the event of a diasaster can be almost as important as foreseeing the disaster in the first place.