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June 2009 - Swine flu and risk perception

Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), June 2009, page 18

Ten factors affecting public perception of risk are outlined, explaining why we may be over-reacting to the current swine flu outbreak. Surprisingly, most of these factors are not purely rational - and they also affect our businesses and projects. Understanding them should help us to respond more appropriately to the real risks we face.

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May 2009 - Risk management isn't hard

Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), May 2009, page 25

It's a mistake to label risk management as "hard", for two reasons. Firstly because risk management is easy - it's just structured common sense. And secondly because risk management involves the use of soft skills alongside hard techniques.

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April 2009 - Innovative risk management

Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), April 2009, page 10

Some people think that risk management hinders innovation because it stops people trying things that are new and potentially risky. This column explains the misconceptions behind this view and shows how proper risk management is truly innovative.

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March 2009 - A fool with a tool is still a fool

InfoRM, the magazine of the Institute of Risk Management (IRM), pages 16-17

There are many software tools available to support the risk process, all claiming to be indispensable. This article discusses the "make or buy" decision, lays out the criteria for choosing the right tool, and proposes three factors which are more important than tools.

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March 2009 - Better safe than sorry?

Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), March 2009, page 10

The precautionary principle encourages us to prepare for the worst. This leads to over-reactions and unnecessary levels of contingency, and can lead risk management into disrepute. This column proposes antidotes to the precautionary principle to help us take the right risks safely.

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Feb 2009 - What is your biggest risk?

Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), February 2009, page 20

The Probability-Impact Matrix (PIM) is the most common technique to decide which are the biggest risks. This article discusses the problem with relying solely on the PIM, and suggests some alternative approaches to sizing and prioritising risks.

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Jan 2009 - Happy Risky New Year!

Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), January 2009, page 30

Many current definitions of "risk" include both threat and opportunity. Some people don't understand this, and so they are resistant to putting it into practice. This column describes three main reasons why risk should include opportunity alongside threat, and why the risk process should seek to manage both opportunities and threats proactively.

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Dec 2008 - Risk management and Maslow

Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), December 2008, page 10

Most people agree that risk management is "A Good Thing", but it is still widely practised with a lack of enthusiasm and commitment. This paper uses Abraham Maslow's "Hierarchy of needs" to explain how to motivate people and organisations to treat risk management more seriously.

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Nov 2008 - Learning from counter-terrorism

Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), November 2008, page 18

CONTEST is the UK Government's counter-terrorism strategy, describing what is being done to address this major challenge. This column explains how project managers can take a similar structured approach to dealing with project threats.

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Oct 2008 - Lessons from the UK National Risk Register

Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), October 2008, page 20

The UK Government recently published their first National Risk Register, explaining what could cause a catastrophe in the UK and what they are doing about it. What can we learn from this ground-breaking document?

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