12 Sure-Fire Ways to Improve Project Risk Management

Project Risk Coach

Mike was a functional project manager in an organization where I managed a PMO. But his projects were trending in the wrong direction and his manager was not happy with Mike's performance. Warren Buffett says, "Risk comes from not knowing what you are doing."

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What is Project Risk?

Project Risk Coach

If you say the word “risk” to ten people, each person may think of something different— insurance, threats, investments, bets, or potential loss. As we manage project teams, it's critical that you and your team members have a common understanding of what project risk means. Otherwise, people will be confused by your risk management efforts. It is no wonder that there is so much confusion about the meaning of risk. Risks involve uncertainty.

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Manage Risks While Compressing Project Schedules

Project Risk Coach

Project managers are pressured to deliver projects quickly. Sponsors think their project managers are magicians. Let us explore ways to compress project schedules and manage the associated risks. One risk is that we may fail to identify activities.

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Change management helps when implementing risk responses

Kiron Bondale

A student in a project management class I taught shared the concern that it was very hard for her to get risk responses implemented. This is a fairly common problem and is likely one of the reasons that the volunteers who updated the PMBOK Guide, Sixth Edition added Implement Risk Responses as a new process within the Project Risk Management knowledge area.

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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 Identify Scope Risks

Project Risk Coach

8 ways to identify scope risks Some project managers struggle to identify scope risks. Second, individuals may not know HOW to identify scope risks. Either way, the failure to identify (and manage) scope risks can be costly. What are Scope Risks? Risks are uncertain events or conditions, that if they occur, will have a positive or negative effect on the project objectives. What are some examples of scope-related risks?

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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. What tools and techniques can project managers use for controlling risks and getting 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.

How to Conduct a Risk Audit and a Risk Review

Project Risk Coach

In this article, we will look at how to conduct a risk audit to evaluate the effectiveness of your risk management. Additionally, we'll also talk about how to be more forward thinking through risk reviews. Good Risk Management fosters vigilance in times of calm and instills discipline in times of crisis.” -Dr. How to Conduct a Risk Audit. Who Performs the Risk Audits? ” Review the effectiveness of the responses to risks.

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What Project Managers Should Know About Monitoring Project Risks

Project Risk Coach

Many project managers do a great job of identifying risks. Some even evaluate risks and develop response plans. However, project managers get busy as their projects progress and fail to monitor their risks, resulting in challenged or failed projects. Here are some key factors that you should know about monitoring project risks. Do Project Managers Really Control Risks? Can project managers really control project risks?

How to Be a Powerful Risk Management Evangelist

Project Risk Coach

Mark Langley, President and CEO of the Project Management Institute (PMI), penned a great article entitled Using Project Management to Reduce Risk. Indeed, “high-performing companies manage risk in conjunction with projects and programs far more often than low performers do.” If this is true, how can we help organizations adopt risk management? Mr. Langley encourages us to play the role of both champion and sponsor of risk management.

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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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5 Ways to Sneak in More Exercise at Work

ProjectManager.com

Switching from a spreadsheet to social media doesn’t count as exercise at work. Why Is Exercise Important? Exercise is important, especially so for those of us working sedentary jobs. But it’s not just for us desk jockeys; all people, regardless of their age, can benefit from exercise. According to the National Institute of Health , the benefits of exercise are many. Improves Sleep: Exercise helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

How to Look Backward and Forward at Your Risks

Project Risk Coach

Project managers may fail to achieve their project objectives because they don’t know how to take a look backward and forward at their risks. Some project managers only look backward. Some project managers only look forward. Project managers who only look forward fail to learn from their past successes and mistakes. Project managers can use risk audits to look backward and risk reviews to look forward. Who Performs the Risk Audits?

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Project Risk Management: 10 Surprisingly Brilliant Tactics to Reduce Risk

Workamajig

Every project has some risk of failure. This guide on project risk management will help you understand and manage risks better. If there is one thing you can be certain about in project management, it's this: Every project carries some risk. Putting out these fires is your job as the project manager. As you might know, this process of "planning ahead" is called project risk management. Project risk is more amorphous.

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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?

12 Wonderful Ways To Improve Your Risk Management

Project Risk Coach

John Smith was hired as a new project manager at a leasing company, and he was assigned a small project with a team of six people. How well did John use risk management to accomplish his goal? He and his team completed a project plan and identified project risks. He captured the risks in his risk register and periodically conducted risk reviews. He skipped capturing his risks and conducting the risk reviews.

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Webinar Recap: Those darn Risk Register boxes! What really goes in there?

MPUG

Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Carl Pritchard’s session, Those darn Risk Register boxes! Kyle: Hello everyone and welcome to today’s MPUG webinar, Those Darn Risk Register Boxes! I want to welcome you because I’m the risk guy.

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Do NOT Resolve Project Risks for Good Career Growth

MPUG

Having been a project manager for all of my working life and now a teacher of project management skills for more than a decade, I always tell my students to follow sound project management principles and to manage risks proactively. Proactive project risk management is integral part of project management. In fact, I think good risk management is half of project management. What is Proactive Project Risk Management?

The Complete Guide to Project Risk Assessment (Free Template)

Workamajig

Project risk assessment is an essential part of any project management plan. This guide shares 6 key steps in assessing project risk. So much of project success depends on spotting and eliminating these risks. How exactly do you figure out which risks to look out for and which to ignore? And once you’ve spotted these risks, how do you create plans to counter them? I’ll answer all these questions and more in this guide to project risk assessment.

How to Manage Stakeholder Conflict

Project Risk Coach

Project managers encounter conflict regularly over schedules, project priorities, human resources, requirements, and technical opinions, to name a few. I once managed a project where the organization wanted to create a customer service representative (CSR) position for 158 remote locations.

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How to Conduct a Risk Assessment for Your Project

LiquidPlanner

One of the biggest challenges of project management is dealing with risks and opportunities. The difference between success and failure can come down to proper management of your risks and opportunities. First, it’s important to understand the difference between an issue and a risk. A risk is something that might happen, while an issue is something that has happened. A key tool to help you manage risk is a Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA).

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Overcoming bias in project management

Girl's Guide to PM

Are you biased as a project manager? In this article we’ll talk about the different types of bias in project management. A project manager is the linchpin of a successful project. Heuristics are natural cognitive functions with risky implications for project managers.

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Is Your Strategic Project at Risk Due to Poor Implementation of Proven Project Management Practices?

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

The Project Management Institute also reports that in the projects that were deemed failures, the following causes were contributing factors: change in project objectives (37%), inaccurate requirements gathering (35%), inadequate vision or goal for project (29%), failure to identify opportunities and risks (29%), inaccurate cost estimates (28%), and poor change management (28%) amongst others. Many project managers intuitively produce a plan in consultation with team members.

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How To Manage Constantly Changing Requirements

Girl's Guide to PM

If you are using agile methodologies, you have other tools available to you to manage changes in requirements because flexing the scope of the project is very much built into the agile way of working. Work on what you can manage, and put a process in place for adapting to future changes.

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12 Good Reasons You Are Struggling With Small Projects

Project Risk Coach

I'd like to give a few brief reasons why project managers struggle with small projects. In general, smaller projects have less risk. This exercise allows the team to understand the context of the project. Project managers are assigned projects at the last minute with a tight deadline. Rather than discussing the project with stakeholders and documenting the business case, problems, goals, and deliverables, the project manager hits the ground running.

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Risk-aware Product Development (a.k.a. Scrum)

Scrum.org

Product Management keeps telling me in this Agile way of doing things there is no committed scope, no plan, only 'Responding to change'. Dealing with Technology Uncertainty - The Waterfall Passive/Buffered Risk Management Style. Dealing with Technology Uncertainty - The Agile/Scrum Active Risk Management Style. The Risk Burndown Exercise. The Y axis is "remaining risk/uncertainty" in either the Business/Requirements/Technology domains.

Seven Project Management Lessons for Entrepreneurs

ProjectManager.com

That description can also fit your typical project manager, which makes sense because launching a business is a project. The second difference is that few entrepreneurs have training in project management. So, managing the project that is launching a new business can be a little haphazard! In this article, I’ll offer seven lessons from my own project management experience that are directly relevant to you, as an entrepreneur. De-Risk Your Business.

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How To Write Clear Project Goals

Project Risk Coach

Occasionally, someone will ask me for risk management tips. Yes, g ood risk management always starts with clear goals. In risk management, we ask ourselves—what may help or hinder our ability to achieve our goals. Personal Goal Examples To maintain my exercise of 3 times per week for 45 minutes through the end of the year. To have 5 project managers achieve their Project Management Professional (PMP) designation between April 1 and June 30 of 20xx.

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How To Manage Fixed Date Projects

Project Risk Coach

So, what's a project manager to do? How can we manage fixed date projects? Include a problem statement, goals, deliverables, assumptions, constraints, exclusions, high-level risks, stakeholders, and team members. One of the best ways to engage your team members and define the scope is through the facilitation of a WBS exercise. Complete the initial risk identification and assessment. The contingency reserve is based on known residual risks.

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You Can Unlock the Power of Integration Management

Project Risk Coach

How Bring All the Pieces Together If you were asked to describe project managers with one word, what would it be? ” Like a child putting Lego pieces together to build a house, project managers put the project pieces together to create unique products and services, transforming their organizations. Operational managers assimilate people, processes, technologies, and external resources, which are interdependent, one with another. Develop Project Management Plan.

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Proactive dependency management with agile approaches

Kiron Bondale

When we are managing projects using a predictive delivery approach, dependency identification and tracking is done as part of the BPUF (Big Planning Up Front) exercise using the activities from a work breakdown structure and the collective wisdom of our team members and key stakeholders. One way to reduce the risks associated with dependencies being identified too late is the combination of upfront story mapping with ongoing look ahead planning.

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Project Management Q&A – Will Volunteering Help Break into PM?

Arras People

I’m trying to get into a project management role; should I do voluntary work? Will it help me break into project management? There’s a lot of frustration when it comes to trying to break into project management – no experience, no job – no job, no experience – a classic chicken and egg. Trying to figure out ways of getting into project management can be difficult. Gaining project management experience that is good enough so it will open doors to paid employment?

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10 Things New Project Managers Should Know

Girl's Guide to PM

This article, 10 Things New Project Managers Should Know , first appeared on Girl's Guide to PM. It would be nice to think that every company has a formal mentoring scheme, and that you can tap into the experience of other project managers through this. As a result, people managing projects for the first time often find themselves making mistakes. These are the things that I wish someone had told me when I first started managing projects. Manage Scope.

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Managing Virtual Teams Successfully

The IIL Blog

Tuckman model of forming-storming-norming-performing), they can benefit from a Simple Interactive Meaningful Practical Learning Exercise (SMILE). So COMMON SENSE should be at the forefront to manage the perception of how these activities are facilitated. Evolution of Learning Exercises for Collaboration. No one author or source can take credit for the evolution of learning exercises for virtual teams. Types of Interactive Exercises. By Dr. Willis H.

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3 Best Project Management Charts for Project Planning

ProjectManager.com

To avoid a catastrophic misunderstanding that can delay or derail a project, project managers need a communication plan that informs every phase of the project—especially the planning phase. Project management charts are worth considering when thinking about how to best communicate, especially when you’re communicating complex information. Online project management charts take abstractions and make them concrete. Project Management The Project Manager Blog

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Have you rotated your project’s tires?

Kiron Bondale

This exercise also presents a good opportunity to catch up on any other outstanding preventative maintenance for our vehicles. While this isn’t a primary responsibility for most project managers, ignoring expected outcomes might be considered negligence. Risks revisited? If its been a few weeks since the contents of the risk register have been reviewed chances are some new risks could be identified and the assessment of older ones might need to be refreshed.

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How to Create a Work Breakdown Structure

Project Risk Coach

One of the reasons that project managers fail to properly estimate their projects is they miss key activities when developing their schedules. Whether we are creating a Pixar movie , a building, a highway, or a service center, wise project managers break down their projects into pieces.

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10 Knowledge Areas of Project Management (PMBOK 6) With PPT & PDF

Girl's Guide to PM

This article reviews and explains the 10 project management Knowledge Areas from the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition. PMI defines a Knowledge Area in the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition Glossary like this: An identified area of project management defined by its knowledge requirements and described in terms of its component processes, practices, inputs, outputs, tools, and techniques. So how many knowledge areas are there in project management?

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How to Engage Participants in a Project Management Workshop

Project Risk Coach

John, Sally, and Bill just left a full-day project management workshop. Are you responsible for project management workshops for a PMI Chapter, a Project Management Office (PMO), or your organization? Project managers will leave your workshops excited about what they learned. Imagine that you are planning a project risk management workshop. Conduct an online survey with the participants to find out their greatest risk management challenges and interests.

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