The Risk Management Plan

Project Risk Coach

Most of your project problems can be avoided or greatly reduced through risk management. The simple act of identifying and discussing risks goes a long way towards reducing problems in your project. Let’s look at how to start the risk management process. How will you identify risks? How often will you perform risk management activities? Who will own the project risks. If not, check with other project managers.

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7 Ways to Identify Risks

Project Risk Coach

Successful project managers have a common trait – they identify and manage risks. Let’s look at seven tools and techniques to identify risks. Often project managers start with a splash. They get the team together, identify lots of risks, and enter them into an Excel spreadsheet. However, the risks are never discussed again. What happens when project managers and their team fail to identify risks in an iterative fashion?

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6 Tools and Techniques for Controlling Risks

Project Risk Coach

Changes in project risks are inevitable. As a project progresses, the probability and impact of current risks change, new risks emerge, and residual risks may increase or decrease. How can project managers optimize their risk responses and get the results they are looking for? Allow me to introduce you to two project managers—Tom and Susan. Susan, on the other hand, facilitated an early risk identification workshop. Risk reassessment.

How to Actually Define Risk Categories

Project Risk Coach

Tom is the program manager for a large, complex program comprised of eight projects. He thinks his project managers have identified most of their risks, but he’s not sure where to focus his attention. What areas have the highest risk exposure? Let’s look at how to actually define risk categories and how they can help Tom (and you). What are Risk Categories? Risk categories allow you to group individual project risks for evaluating and responding to risks.

How to Unite Enterprise and Project Risk Management

Project Risk Coach

Learn to Better Manage Enterprise Risks Through Project Risk Management Many organizations have adopted enterprise risk management (ERM) as a way to make better decisions, get stronger operating results, and meet regulatory requirements. These same organizations may have program and project managers managing scores of projects. However, few organizations have yet to actually unite the enterprise and project risk management efforts.

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How to Unite Enterprise and Project Risk Management

Project Risk Coach

Learn to Better Manage Enterprise Risks Through Project Risk Management Many organizations have adopted enterprise risk management (ERM) as a way to make better decisions, get stronger operating results, and meet regulatory requirements. These same organizations may have program and project managers managing scores of projects. However, few organizations have yet to actually unite the enterprise and project risk management efforts.

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How to Right-Size Your Risk Management Plan

Project Risk Coach

One reason a project manager may have a bad reputation is bloated project plans. While I’m a fan of planning, let’s use some common sense and right-size our risk management plans. A risk management plan for the Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be much larger than a plan for a Southern Living Idea House. Why is that some project managers have over or undersized risk management plans? Risk management plans typically include: Project risk background.

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How to Right-Size Your Risk Management Plan

Project Risk Coach

One reason a project manager may have a bad reputation is bloated project plans. While I’m a fan of planning, let’s use some common sense and right-size our risk management plans. A risk management plan for the Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be much larger than a plan for a Southern Living Idea House. Why is that some project managers have over or undersized risk management plans? Risk management plans typically include: Project risk background.

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How to Plan Your Risk Management From Start to Finish

Project Risk Coach

Let’s talk about how to plan your risk management from start to finish. Some people think of risk management plans in the wrong way. Risk management plans are not a list of risks and what you plan to do (e.g. risk register). Rather the plan is your approach to risk management. How do you plan to identify and evaluate risks? How will you develop risk response plans? What are your risk thresholds?

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Risk Response Lessons from the Beach

Project Risk Coach

Learn threat response strategies Project managers may make risk decisions without much thought. Well, after managing projects for years, you know the drill. You simply know how to respond to the most common risks. With each of these activities, I do things to manage risks and frankly, I rarely think about it (because I’ve done it for so long). Accept risks. That is to say, I accept the risks. Avoid risks. Mitigate risks.

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How to Identify and Manage Secondary Risks

Project Risk Coach

A response to risk can create other risks. These secondary risks may be more significant than the primary risks if we are not careful. What is a secondary risk? A secondary risk is a risk that is created by a response to another risk. What kinds of risk responses may cause secondary risks? How should we address secondary risks? The team captured the secondary risk and developed response plans.

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The ‘Ready for Change’ 2017 Roadshow for Project Practitioners

Arras People

SPOCE, the project management training organisation and partners AXELOS and APMG are running three events soon called the ‘Ready for Change’ 2017 Roadshows. They take place in London 31 st May 2017 | Bournemouth 6 th June 2017| Southampton 13 th June 2017. It is what underpins all objectives in Project Management approaches. This summer, with the implementation of the PRINCE2 2017 changes, there is no better time to address this subject.

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7 Things You Ought to Know About Identifying Risks

Project Risk Coach

Increase Your Risk Management IQ Every project manager deals with risks. Allow me to share seven things you ought to know about identifying risks. Project managers must address unrealistic time frames where failure seems unavoidable, scope creep, ambiguous requirements, delays from third parties, and the lack of required skills, to name a few. How do we manage risks and the causal factors? What You Need to Know About Identifying Risks.

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How to Improve Results With Better Risk Statements

Project Risk Coach

Vague risk statements lead to poor risk response planning. When organizations or project teams fail to respond to significant risks (i.e., Risk management starts with identifying risks and writing clear risk statements. Why do people define risks poorly? Allow me to share some simple tips that can improve your ability to write clear risk statements. Test Your Risk Statements. ” But the smoothies are the cause of the risk.

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How to Communicate Risks

Project Risk Coach

How do you communicate risks? Some project managers rarely mention risks; others bore people to tears with too much information. Ninety percent of a project manager’s job is communication. And one of the most important things to communicate is your risks. How can we communicate risks more effectively? Communicating Risks. Analyze Your Risks. As risks are identified, assign a risk owner. What is the risk?

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Getting Results – The Bottom Line of Risk Management

Project Risk Coach

Some portfolio, program, and project managers make a big fuss over risk management. Each year, our senior management team would meet with a credit rating agency to share our goals, strategies, and progress. The presentation included what we were doing for enterprise risk management. They have a risk management plan. They regularly identify, analyze, and respond to risks. Project managers can be guilty of talking a good game too.

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Are You Tired of Missing Big Project Risks? 3 Ways to Stop It

Project Risk Coach

I have had the privilege of managing two PMOs, both composed of several project managers. It was always interesting to watch—the best project managers were the ones who had a habit of identifying risks, both threats and opportunities. And these individuals did not perform the risk identification just once at the beginning of their projects. Rather, they had a habit of reevaluating their projects with an eye toward new risks. Risk Checklist.

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Risk Management Short Course

Musings on Project Management

Need a quick introduction to risk management? Try this very short course on risk management (no math required!). Risk management short course from John Goodpasture. Read my contribution to the Flashblog Risk ManagementDon't have much time for this? Read in the library at Square Peg Consulting about these books I've written Buy them at any online book retailer!

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A risk management ode to project managers!

Kiron Bondale

Father’s Day might be a holiday which is much newer than the project management profession itself, but let’s not miss the opportunity to celebrate the many ways in which project managers help their projects succeed through effective risk management. Tagged: Project management terms , Risk management. Project Management Project management terms Risk management

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How to Develop a Quality Management Plan

Project Risk Coach

Let’s look at the project risks when there is no quality management plan. The Quality Management Plan. Before we discuss the quality management plan, let’s get our arms around the concept of quality. For project management, quality is “the degree to which a set of inherent characteristics fulfills requirements.” ” Project managers and teams focus on meeting the customer’s needs. What is a Quality Management Plan?

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What You Need to Know About PRINCE2 2017

Arras People

It’s always been there – the principle that PRINCE2 should be tailored for specific projects or to an organisation’s specific way of managing projects. Judging by the update, that principle is one that needs more attention – perhaps that comes as no surprise to anyone who works in project management because PRINCE2 being used in its entirety, letter by letter on a project is unheard of.

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The Essential Project Management Competencies: A 2017 Perspective

Rebel’s Guide to PM

The Competencies You Need As A Project Manager Today. I’d say that the competencies you should be looking to develop as a project manager are definitely ‘soft skills’ in their widest form. We’ve already seen ‘stakeholder management’ evolve in the project management language to ‘stakeholder engagement’ and a new chapter appear in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).

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Extreme risk -- or, extremely risky?

Musings on Project Management

Ideas about extreme risk management have been around a long time. Here's a working definition: Extreme risks are those for which the consequences are nearly irreversible, and the impact is near-catastrophic. Risk ManagementNo news there, so let's press on. And, fortunately, in most cases, the likelihood of the event is low. Because the expected value is nearly zero, but the threat so high, people are.

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My Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2017

Project Risk Coach

My aim this year was to help more project managers than ever. Allow me to share the results of my most popular blog posts of 2017. One of my goals was to have 50,000 people visit the Project Risk Coach website. I experienced a significant increase in the last quarter of 2017. Most Popular Blog Posts of 2017. You may have noticed that I wrote more about project risk management than ever with a sprinkling of general project management articles.

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2017 Project Management Trends To Watch

Rebel’s Guide to PM

This time last year I reviewed the trends in social and collaborative technology in the project management space: some of my predictions had come to nothing and it was interesting to look backward and hold myself accountable for what I said would happen. This year I’m looking forward into 2017 to highlight some of the project management trends I think it is worth watching out for. The APM has already made huge inroads to gaining Chartered status for Project Managers.

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My Top 10 Project Risk Management Blog Posts of 2019

Project Risk Coach

Are you a better project manager today than you were a year ago? In case you missed some of my blog posts, I'm sharing my most popular project risk management posts of 2019. So, just how many of you came to the Project Risk Coach website in 2019? Risks derail our projects.

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Shuffle up and deal with qualitative risk analysis!

Kiron Bondale

user stories), planning poker can also be used to facilitate other types of decision making so why not use it for qualitative risk analysis? A common approach to this process is to utilize a Likert scale from very low to very high or even just low, medium and high to assess the probability and impact of identified risks. One concern with this is that at the end of the risk analysis workshop the team likely ends up with a significant volume of high probability or impact risks.

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Risk Management: Known / Unknown Unknowns

Project Health Check

It would become so famous that it would become the title of his autobiography "Known and Unknown: A Memoir", and provides a superb basis to discuss our approach to Project Risk Management: ". Known Unknowns - For us this is our Risk Log. We know we have uncertainties, but we have identified and recorded them, analysed them and carefully manage them. Accepted Risk costs etc - but the basic principle is quite simple at its core.

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My Top 10 Project Risk Management Articles of 2019

Project Risk Coach

Thank you for being a part of the Project Risk Coach Community. In this article, I'm sharing my most popular project risk management posts of 2019. So, just how many of you came to the Project Risk Coach website in 2019? Oh, what a year!

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Seven Project Management Influencers to Watch

Project Risk Coach

Up your game with new project management resources If you had to pick a few people who are helping you grow and mature as a project manager, who would those people be? She is the author of The Project Management Coaching Workbook and The Power of Project Leadership. Elizabeth Harrin is the creator of A Girl’s Guide to Project Management which she started in 2006. He provides insights and practical tips on ways to improve your project management.

Focus on individual impacts when communicating risks!

Kiron Bondale

A recent article by Uzma Khan and Daniella Kupor in Harvard Business Review adds support to the argument for keeping things simple when it comes to communicating risks. This biases us against taking positive risks and avoiding negative ones.” ” How might this sort of bias be relevant to our understanding of project risk management? As the authors state “ …when it comes to helping people evaluate risk, less is more.

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5 Things You Should Know About the PMI-RMP®

Project Risk Coach

Every project has risks—events or conditions that, if they occur, have positive or negative effects on a project’s objectives. And project managers are risk managers, some better than others. If you want to improve your project success through better risk management, consider getting certified as a Risk Management Professional. First, you may simply want to improve your ability to identify, evaluate, respond to, and control risks.

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PMI-RMP® Training for the New Exam

Project Risk Coach

On April 1, 2022, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) rolled out the new PMI-RMP® exam. Simply put, PMI® did not use the Standard for Project Risk Management (2009) or the PMBOK® Guide, Sixth Edition (2017) to validate the exam. Why Take the Risk?

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10 Things Successful Project Managers Never Tolerate: Ineffective Risk Management [Video]

Project Risk Coach

This video is part of the 10 Things Successful Project Managers Never Tolerate online course. The post 10 Things Successful Project Managers Never Tolerate: Ineffective Risk Management [Video] appeared first on If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. Click here to enjoy the entire course.

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6 Practical Ways to Actually Improve Your Cost Management

Project Risk Coach

PMP Exam Series - Cost Management Think about it for a minute – what have you done in the last six months to improve your cost management? Consider John, a savvy project manager, who was asked to manage a project to replace a dated network system. Cost management is rarely a straight shot. Let’s look at some ways to improve your cost management. Practical Ways to Improve Your Cost Management. Create a management reserve.

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Stakeholder Management: How to Know Which Ones Matter

Project Risk Coach

Project Stakeholder Management Project stakeholders–individuals, groups, and organizations– may be impacted by or may have an impact on your projects. Let’s explore stakeholder management power tools that can help you quickly identify which stakeholders matter. Some project managers say they don’t have enough time to analyze the stakeholders. The short answer is to determine how to spend the limited time project managers do have.

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How to Improve the Performance of Your Project Teams

Project Risk Coach

If you were the project manager, how would you assess the team ? Use your interpersonal skills to influence the resource manager and others who select the team members. 3=Execution Project Resource ManagementEver watched what happens when a new team is formed? Maybe you’ve seen a new team of little league baseball players, a music group, a civic group, or a business team. The initial dynamics can be rather rocky and uncertain, even with skilled individuals.

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Are You An Intentional Project Manager?

Project Risk Coach

10 Things Successful Project Managers Never Tolerate This is a great time for you to be an intentional project manager. If you are like most project managers today, you are overwhelmed with several projects and you have too little time to get it all done. As you struggle with project estimates, budgets, and risks, you engage with team members that bring their personal and professional issues into your world. The Intentional Project Manager.

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Risk Identification Workshops: An Overview

Project Health Check

Risk Management is one of the well established fundamentals of Project Management. Whatever system or tool you use, the basics of rating risks with some degree of severity and impact is well understood, and then doing something to stop it (because they usually are threats). But I have a challenge for you: look back over your last Project and consider - how many of the issues that occurred along the way were from impacted Risks that were identified on your Risk Log?

Is risk management really that effective?

Ron Rosenhead

I explored the need for a systematic risk process for projects. I discussed the need for a systematic approach to risk management and I am assured this happens. Risk is not seen as a key process. People have described risk management as weak, not owned by the project sponsor or project board and generally not good enough. Are we really managing risks or playing at it? I asked myself has the management of risks become more effective.

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