May 2011 - Risk Energetics: Developing renewable and sustainable risk management
Presented at PMI Global Congress EMEA 2011, Dublin, Ireland, 10 May 2011
Risk management needs constant attention if it is to be fully effective. But many project teams find it hard to maintain the energy levels required by the risk process. This paper introduces the concept of “risk energetics” to explore the reasons for poor risk management performance. Risk energetics explains how to maintain energy throughout the risk process with key re-energising factors. It also suggests how to develop renewable and self-sustaining energy from one project to the next to promote risk maturity in the organisation.
May 2011 - Shedding Light on Risk Appetite: Using risk appetite and risk attitude to support appropriate risk-taking
A Risk Doctor-Lucidus Consulting White Paper
The term “risk appetite” is used widely and increasingly, but there is no accepted definition on which all agree. This situation is exacerbated by confusion between risk appetite and other risk-related terms, especially risk attitude. This paper offers a consistent and coherent taxonomy of these terms, and develops a model to explain the central roles of risk appetite and risk attitude when individuals or organisations decide how much risk can be taken in a risky and important situation.
March 2011 - Making the most of humour in project management
Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), March 2011, page 20
Humour can be a great asset to effective communication, if it is used well and appropriately. Unfortunately it is often misused, especially in cross-cultural settings. David Hillson has worked in every continent except Antarctica and he usually leaves people smiling. In this article he discusses how to use humour to get the message across without upsetting people. He also shares some of his best jokes…!
Jan 2011 - Risk and Agribusiness: Insights from the Risk Doctor
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This two-part article considers risks specific to the farming and agriculture sectors.
Jan/Feb 2011 - Change is risky
Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), January-February, pages 20-21
Models of change assume a steady progression of increasing commitment and support for change. In reality people can react negatively to change as well. Discover three ways that change can fail, and prevent them!
Dec 2010 - A fool with a tool is still a fool
Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), December 2010, pages 26-27
How do you choose a software tool to support the risk process, or should you develop your own? This column lists selection criteria, with a reminder that the 3 Cs are more important than the 3 Ts.
Nov 2010 - Was Jason insured?
StrategicRISK magazine, November 2010, pages 36-37
This wide-ranging article takes a look back through history to identify how risk was managed by our ancestors and forebears. It then looks ahead to three possible futures, using cosmology as a metaphor for how the risk management universe might develop.
Oct 2010 - Orchestrating success
Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), October 2010, pages 24-25
This article uses the musical metaphor of an orchestra to explore the role of the project manager and the need for individual and corporate project management competence.
July/August 2010 - Training: Necessary but not sufficient
Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), July/August 2010, page 31-32
Many organisations expect training to produce competent staff. But training is only a small part of the solution. The PEAKS competence model provides a broad framework for developing competence in a range of roles, including managing risk.
June 2010 - Eyjafjallajökul - A personal view
Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), June 2010, page 14
The recent Icelandic volcano eruption raised questions about whether the official response was appropriate. This was an example of the precautionary principle in action - what can we learn to help us manage our daily risks?
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