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TOPIC: Contingency plan and fallback plan

Contingency plan and fallback plan 10 months 4 weeks ago #24596

  • Rahul Vadakke Veetil PMP
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Hi,

I have a question. Is the contingency plan and fallback plan created together as part of 'Plan Risk Responses'? Or is a fallback plan created only if the contingency plan is found to be not fully effective in the 'Monitor Risks' process?

Contingency plan and fallback plan 10 months 4 weeks ago #24598

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Hi, the Contingency plan is the Fallback plan. See PMBOK 11.5, p439, the paragraph right above 11.5.1.
This concept is also in PMBOK 11.5.2.6.
Whenever I had a question, I found going back to PMBOK is really helpful. Plus, I use the electronic copy so I can search easily.
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Contingency plan and fallback plan 10 months 4 weeks ago #24607

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Ah, I see. Thank you. Rita Mulcahy's book tells otherwise. In the book, a fallback plan is mentioned as the plan you develop if the contingency plan didn't work as expected.
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Contingency plan and fallback plan 10 months 3 weeks ago #24703

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Hi Rahul,

While a prep book can be useful, my recommendation - when in doubt - is to follow the PMBOK Guide.
Anyway, the glossary at the end of the PMBOK Guide defines the fallback plan as an alternative set of actions and tasks available in the event that the primary plan needs to be abandoned (because of issues, risks, or other causes). See also Section 11.5.3.3, besides the references Lu suggested.

Hope this helps,

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Contingency plan and fallback plan 10 months 3 weeks ago #24709

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Thank you, Gabriella. I have noticed that there are a few discrepancies between Rita Mulcahy's book and PMBOK guide.
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