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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Oct 2008 - Towards programme risk management
Proceedings of the PMI Global Congress 2008 North America, presented in Denver CO, 21 October 2008
Program(me) management is a hot topic, with new standards being developed and updated. Programmes are risky but there is currently no agreed approach for programme risk management. This paper outlines such an approach, recognising that risk arises at programme level from multiple sources. A dual approach is proposed, combining implicit and explicit techniques.
Sept 2008 - Boom, bust and risk management
Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), September 2008, page 14
In difficult times, should we treat risk management as an avoidable cost, or as part of the solution?
July 2008 - Managing the future
Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), July 2008, page 18
How to tell the difference between Possible Futures, Probable Futures, and Preferable Futures; and the role of risk management in getting to the right one!
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