Powerful Risk Control Strategies

Let's break out of the strict risk management process and consider some powerful strategies you should consider to either deal with the high priority risks you now have or to reduce the number of new risks from occurring as your project goes.

  • Tackle high risks first Develop a work plan that attacks your high risk factors right out of the gates. Why? If you are going to have a problem, it is best to know sooner than later. If something is not feasible or acceptable, determine this as soon as possible, so senior management can decide whether the project is worthy of organizational investment and resources.
  • Use iterative, phased approaches By breaking the work of the project into multiple iterations and phases, you provide a systematic method of providing tangible output to the stakeholders sooner and more often. The multiple points of review and feedback with the stakeholders allows you to better control your greatest riskstakeholder expectations and satisfaction.
  • QA the planning process Mentioned before, but worth mentioning againmake sure to do a quality review on the planning process. This step will help identify planning defects that if undetected will become unknown risks with a high impact potential.
  • Leverage independent QA audits Leveraging an independent, experienced, objective viewpoint can be a powerful way to identify risk factors and to determine the best response strategies. This can be especially useful in project situations where the key stakeholders are inexperienced, the climate is very political, or when multiple vendors are involved.

Part i. Project Management Jumpstart

Project Management Overview

The Project Manager

Essential Elements for any Successful Project

Part ii. Project Planning

Defining a Project

Planning a Project

Developing the Work Breakdown Structure

Estimating the Work

Developing the Project Schedule

Determining the Project Budget

Part iii. Project Control

Controlling a Project

Managing Project Changes

Managing Project Deliverables

Managing Project Issues

Managing Project Risks

Managing Project Quality

Part iv. Project Execution

Leading a Project

Managing Project Communications

Managing Expectations

Keys to Better Project Team Performance

Managing Differences

Managing Vendors

Ending a Project

Absolute Beginner[ap]s Guide to Project Management
Absolute Beginner[ap]s Guide to Project Management
ISBN: 078973821X
Year: 2006
Pages: 169

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