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Old 12-12-2011, 09:30 AM
David Paule David Paule is offline
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Default The Back Up Plan

Seems like a good time, following Junior's second flight, to post these rules for making a good back up plan. My airplane taught them to me:

1. To be any good, a back-up plan has to be rational.

2. It has to have a high probability of safely working.

3. It must have a clear set of circumstances in which it will be invoked.

4. It's sufficiently robust to easily handle even unlikely circumstances.

5. It has a clear outcome and stays in use until that outcome is reached.

6. When the outcome is reached or specific termination circumstances exist, the back-up plan is ended and normal conditions are re-established.


Last edited by David Paule : 12-12-2011 at 09:31 AM. Reason: added Junior reference
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:43 AM
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Excellent topic David! I'd add that if the plan has the word "hope" in it anywhere...make another plan...
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