Q. How can I determine what goes into the contingency plan?




A. Take a what-if approach by asking yourself what-if questions, such as, “What if our warehouse becomes unusable?”
It’s a good idea to involve your team, especially when you’re engaging in a new project. You ask the question and
let them answer with a worst- case scenario. So, you might ask:

“What if….we couldn’t get supplies on schedule?”
“What if….we can’t use our facility?”

Put each of these scenarios into one column. Then, in a separate column labeled. Then we… write the solutions- the essence
of your contingency plan. Sometimes, the solutions may be obvious; other times, you’ll need to investigate. If you’re
concerned about your computers crashing, for example, bring in an expert who can recommend backup measures. Here’s how your chart might look: