Roles and Activities > Manager Role Set > Project Manager > Develop Problem Resolution Plan
In most software projects, problems usually fall into one of three categories:
Often, the procedure for managing each category of problem varies, for example using different Change Control Boards, or following different procedures for implementing solutions. When this is the case, the Problem Resolution Plan should describe the process for managing each category of problem separately.
The first step in developing your Problem Resolution Plan is to define the procedure to be followed for handling each category of problem. In the Rational Unified Process, problem management procedures are triggered:
Status Assessments are created in preparation for scheduled project status reviews. However, the Issues List may be updated on an unscheduled basis during the Activity: Monitor Project Status, if problems are identified that require immediate resolution.
Things to consider are:
It is important to maintain a current list or log of identified problems and their status. Different tools may be used for each problem category (e.g. a defect tracking system may be used for managing product problems, while a simple spreadsheet may be used for tracking project problems).
In this section, identify the tools, databases and files you will use for tracking problems in your project. Also, identify any particular techniques to be used. These may include techniques for:
In most projects, problems arising in the project are reviewed on a regular basis by a "triage" team consisting of representatives from each of the project sub-teams (i.e. project management, development, testing, QA etc). The team assesses each problem in turn, and puts an action plan in place to correct the problem.
Identify in your plan, the individuals that will participate in the triage activities. If different triage teams will be used to handle the different categories of problem, identify each group separately.
You should also identify the groups or individuals who will be responsible for verifying that the corrective actions identified for each problem have been implemented.
Identify in your plan, a schedule for the regular problems management "triage" meetings.
Setting a schedule for problem management activities is important to the
smooth flow of a project. This gives the project team a reliable and consistent
place to raise and solve problems. An industry best practice is to have a daily
"war room" first thing in the morning at which any team member may
attend and identify problems for triage.
Rational Unified Process