Risk Management for Project Managers

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“Increasingly,” says Walaa Bakry, who runs Westminster Business School’s project management courses, “successful project management is becoming a synonym for successful risk management. Management of Risk was the next obvious area for us to expand into.”. programme risk.

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The Battle Between Process and Progress

Girl's Guide to PM

As Project Managers, we’re all familiar with process. In fact, sometimes it can feel as if a project manager’s world is but a never-ending universe of interlocking processes and procedures. After all, project managers are not process monkeys. It needs processes.

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Process is King Part 2

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I wrote a post about Process is King a few years ago. Came across a few posts about how people trump process. fail to put those people in a process that can guide their success. . People without process is an undirected effort and where I work, that's called waste.

What is Risk Management?

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Risk management is about making informed decisions by consciously assessing what can go wrong, as well as the likelihood and severity of the impact when that possibility comes true. The heart of Risk Management is making informed decisions in the presence of the uncertainties that create risk.

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How to Actually Define Risk Categories

Project Risk Coach

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 Management is How Adults Manage Projects

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These uncertainties create the risk to the success of all projects. Without managing in the presence of risk, the probability of project success is significantly reduced, most likely reduced to zero. Management in the presence of risk has the following steps: [1].

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The Naive Notion that Agile Mitigates Risk

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The post Top 5 Ways Agile Mitigates Risk is one of those posts that's not wrong in what it says at the detail level - more or less, but is not right in principle. Agile Mitigates Risk - is not correct. Agile provides rapid identification of risk. What is risk management?

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Risk Management in Five Easy Pieces, with Apologies to Jack

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Managing Cost, Schedule, & Technical Performance Risk Is The Basis Of Good Project Management. Risk management is essential to the success of any significant project. These risks can be mitigated with a good risk management process. Risk management structure.

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12 Questions for Gaining Control of Your Risks

Project Risk Coach

Are you a project manager who focuses on gaining control of your project risks? Some project managers start their projects with a strong focus on risk management. When problems occur, they turn to their risk response plan. Remember the definition for controlling risks?

Information Technology Risk Management

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Risk Management is How Adults Manage Projects - Tim Lister (IBM). It can't be stated too often - either manage risk, or risk will manage you. Projects without risk management are late and over budget before they start. Reducible uncertainties can have specific actions to reduce to risks that result from the uncertainties. Irreducible uncertainties can have no specific actions, but must have margin to protect from the resulting risk. IT Risk Management.

Things You Need To Know About Business Process Management

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Business Process Management was not an essential tool for project management since the latter has a set of alternative factors that can work on its own. The new emergence of business techniques call for merging the two together: gone are the days where project management was an independent branch of the business organization—for the success of the project, it has to be dependent on business process management. Business Process Management: What You Need to Know.

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. Susan, on the other hand, facilitated an early risk identification workshop.

Wilo's Law and Mature Communications Processes

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To make some conjecture that some process will fix the problem - Estimates are the smell of dysfunction and NOT Estimating will fix that dysfunction - is naive at best and willfully ignorant of Root Cause Analysis at worse. Avoid Verbal Orders is a critical process in any critical situation. IT Risk Management. NoEstimates Management Planning Principles Project Management Requirements Risk Root Cause AnalysisA popular quote in the agile community is Wilo's Law.

The 10 Risk Management Commandments You’re Breaking Every Day

Project Risk Coach

Risk management is such an effective vehicle for climbing the tallest mountain or swimming the deepest sea. However, the risk management pitfalls are many, rendering us completely ineffective in our attempt to fulfill our dreams. Thou shalt not make risk management complicated.

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What Everybody Should Know About Controlling 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 control risks, resulting abandoned or wrecked projects. Implementing Risk Response Plans.

Principles, Processes, and Practices of Project Success

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Practices and Process are Fads. A Process is a series of steps and decisions involved in the way work is completed. Here's my version in the form of questions that when answered form the foundation for the Practices and Processes. Principles are timeless.

No more initial estimates? NOOOOOOOOOOO!

Kiron Bondale

Tagged: communications , improving project management , Process compliance stupidity , Project scheduling , Risk management , Stakeholder analysis , Valuable projects. It’s unfortunately an all too familiar scenario.

Principles, Processes, and Practices of Project Success

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Over the years (30 something years) I come to understand and write about the Principles, Processes, and Practices of project success in a wide variety of domains. There are 5 Principles, 5 Practices, and 5 Process that can be applied to increase the probability of success of all projects.

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. How do we manage risks and the causal factors? Risk management begins with the practice of identifying risks.

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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. Project managers can use risk audits to look backward and risk reviews to look forward. Who Performs the Risk Audits?

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Managing Uncertainty, Risk, Threat, and Opportunity

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I received a book over the Holidays - Managing Project Risk and Uncertainty: A Constructively Simple Approach to Decision Making , Chris Chapman and Stephen Ward. This is a seminal work on risk management in the presence of uncertainty. Stage in the Decision Process.

How To Better Your Qualitative Risk Analysis

Project Risk Coach

Last week, we looked at why we evaluate risks — it saves time and money by allowing us to focus on the risks that matter most. Before we look at HOW to improve your qualitative risk analysis, allow me to share one more quick example of WHY it’s important.

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Are You Making These Mistakes When Responding to Risks

Project Risk Coach

Some project managers make timely responses to risks, resulting in positive progress toward their project goals; others act haphazardly, resulting in undesirable consequences. Chuck Swindoll told a funny story that illustrates the dangers of costly mistakes when responding to risks.

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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. What is Enterprise Risk Management?

Getting Results – The Bottom Line of Risk Management

Project Risk Coach

Some portfolio, program, and project managers make a big fuss over risk management. 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. Plan risk management.

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? This forces them to do a second pass to prioritize the risks so that risk owner capacity can be focused on the valuable few.

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Construction Risk Management: What to do when your project goes wrong

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There is a number of parameters that you should think about and an efficient management of the risk is surely necessary. In other words, you can’t really define risk on the exact same way in every construction project. How we could define risk in a construction project.

How Can The Automation Processes Help You With Your Work?

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Huge minds, like Elon Musk, Bill Gates or Stephen Hawking are already warning about the potential risks of developing Artificial Intelligence to the point when it exceeds ours.

Client Onboarding Process Coupled With Project Management

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Client onboarding is the process of introducing new clients to your firm in an effective and organized way. The process commences at order placement and continues up to three months or so depending on the complexity of the product.

12 Wonderful Ways To Improve Your Risk Management

Project Risk Coach

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. Improving Risk Management.

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Let’s add a few tools to your risk identification tool belt!

Kiron Bondale

Risk identification is our first step towards converting unknown-unknowns to known-unknowns. It is neither possible nor advisable to identify all risks which could impact your project’s objectives – like any other project planning process, too much is as bad as too little.

The Magic 7 Project Portfolio Management Process Steps

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And the answer to all of these is in the guise of project portfolio management process steps. The project portfolio management process steps mentioned below cater to all types of organizations that execute portfolio management to reach their business objectives and their strategic goals. Remember that these project portfolio management process steps don’t fix your woes within a day or week; treat it as the start of your path towards an efficient portfolio. .

Risk Response Lessons from the Beach

Project Risk Coach

Learn threat response strategies Project managers may make risk decisions without much thought. 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).

Large Programs Require Special Processes

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Both these uncertainties create risk. Acquisition Category 1 (ACAT 1) programs are large - large is greater than $5B, yes Billion with a B. This Integrated Program Management Conference (IPMC) 2013 presentation addresses the issues of managing these programs in the presence of uncertanty. .

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How to Right-Size Your Risk Management Plan

Project Risk Coach

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. Risk management plans typically include: Project risk background.

How to Right-Size Your Risk Management Plan

Project Risk Coach

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. Risk management plans typically include: Project risk background.

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

Project Risk Coach

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. Risk Checklist.

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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. They get the team together, identify lots of risks, and enter them into an Excel spreadsheet. When to Identify Risks.

In defense of the Digraph

Kiron Bondale

I’ve found project risk management to be one of the weakest performed PMBOK knowledge areas in most organizations, even for those companies whose operational risk management practices are very mature. But what about the relationships between risks?

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Process Reduces Agility? Only on De Minimis Projects

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A popular toss off aphrase in some agile circles is process reduces agility. In this domain today, Agile processes are the basis of engineering those systems. IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW ACQUISITION PROCESS FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS. NoEstimates Agile Estimating Risk