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Getting It Done: Project Management in Action by Project Management Institute

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Crisis Mode

How preparation and innovative thinking can save projects during an emergency.

Joan Landry, PMP

Abbott's crisis management team monitored Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 just as we had any other hurricane or typhoon. We followed its intensity and path. We reached out to our employees in the Philippines to ensure everyone was prepared. The country is hit by many typhoons each year; people seemed ready.

But then the storm, known locally as Yolanda, intensified as it bore down on the Luzon region. Although the area was prepared for a typhoon, no one was prepared for the Category 5 super typhoon and the devastation it brought.

As a project manager, what can you do to prepare for crisis events?

First, use your professional planning and risk ...

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