Donald's presentation was delightfully entertaining, engaging, and motivating. . . the evening was filled with laughter and enjoyment. As a direct result of a very satisfied audience, four members of the audience stepped up to volunteer their time and skills to the Dallas Section ASQ. Thank you, Donald!

Kiami Rogers, Chair, American Society for Quality Dallas Section 1402


Scenario and Contingency Planning

Scenario Planning is a way to investigate and prepare for several alternative futures. This type of planning contemplates a number of different boundary conditions and projects how the organization will perform under those conditions.

Contingency Planning addresses how abrupt changes or disruptions might affect an organization and looks at strategies to respond. Scenario and contingency planning are specialized forms of planning that take a panoramic view of life instead of simply looking straight ahead. These approaches seek to anticipate and possibly defuse problems before they even arise.


  • Forces organization to address potential problems before they happen
  • Creates strategies ahead of time so organization can act quickly and decisively
  • Provides a broader and deeper view of future challenges and opportunities
  • Defuses potential conflict among leadership


We approach Scenario and Contingency Planning based on the following process:

  • Choose an issue to explore and examine
  • Identify current assumptions of organization on that issue
  • Create a variety of scenarios based on the way that issue could play out
  • Review the impact of all the variables on that issue
  • Develop action plans based on the most favorable outcomes
  • Keep track of events that relate to the issue and determine effect
  • Make adjustments to strategic plan as necessary

Does your organization need Scenario or Contingency Planning? Let’s Talk