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  • Writer's pictureAnil Puri

Risk Management

Risk management is the process of identifying, assessing, and mitigating potential risks to minimise any negative impacts on an organisation's objectives. It involves several key steps:

  1. Identification: This stage involves identifying potential risks that could affect the organisation's objectives. This can be done through various methods such as brainstorming sessions with the stakeholders, historical data analysis (previous projects' lessons learned), expert opinions, and using risk management frameworks.

  2. Assessment: Once risks are identified, they need to be assessed to determine their likelihood and potential impact. This stage often involves qualitative and quantitative analysis to prioritise risks based on their significance and assigning an owner to each risk. Risk assessment helps in understanding which risks require immediate attention and resources.

  3. Mitigation: In this stage, strategies are developed and implemented to reduce or eliminate the likelihood or impact of identified risks. Mitigation strategies may include risk avoidance, risk reduction, risk transfer, or risk acceptance, depending on the nature and severity of the risks.

  4. Monitoring: Risk management is an ongoing process, and therefore, it's crucial to continuously monitor identified risks and the effectiveness of mitigation strategies. Regular monitoring allows organisations to detect changes in the risk landscape and adapt their strategies accordingly.

  5. Review and Communication: Periodic reviews of the risk management process are essential to ensure its effectiveness and relevance. Additionally, effective communication (reporting) of risks and mitigation strategies to stakeholders, both internal and external, is vital for transparency and accountability.

These steps form a continuous cycle in which organisations systematically identify, assess, mitigate, monitor, and review risks to achieve their objectives while minimising negative impacts.

Remember; Risk Register should be on the top of your list of required project management assets.

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