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Drupal®: The Guide to Planning and Building Websites by Cindy McCourt

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ASSESSING RISKS

Risk is part of every project. Risk can be associated with product quality, cost overruns, and schedule slips, to name a few. You don't have to be using an open source application like Drupal to experience these risks. But if you are going to manage your project in such a way as to mitigate risk, you should be aware of a few aspects of open source applications that can introduce risk to your project.

Following are examples of potential risks for which you might want to create mitigation plans. When reviewing these risks, consider the probability of the risk actually occurring and what avoiding the risk in the first place would take. You might find that the effort to avoid risks costs more than the risk itself.

Getting Site Support

Unlike with proprietary applications, “support” in an open source community is not someone sitting at a virtual help desk waiting for your chat call or email. Even when you choose to request paid support from a vendor, you might not get what you need.

What do you do when you can't find a knowledgeable volunteer from the community to help you? Following are some options to consider when mitigating support risk:

  • Increase your own skill base so that you don't have to rely on others for the small stuff.
  • Offer to pay for support so that you don't have to wait on a volunteer.
  • Partner with an experienced Drupal services business for development and maintenance support.

Application Redesign

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