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Questions tagged [risk-management]

This tag is about documenting risk, handling risk, risk estimations, cross-team project risk, and any other risk that may affect the outcome of a project.

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Product Owner is requesting a “confidence check” for reaching the MVP - How to in a Scrum project?

We're in a quite complex software engineering project with lots of unknowns due to new technologies involved that the Team has never applied nor have comparable experience. Due to these risks the ...
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Risk register vs risk report

Risk documents normally are documents in possession of the Project Manager with the discretion to show only to Project Team and Sponsor. Risk register is a document that contains all the work ...
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When should I raise risk with stakeholder [closed]

Should I raise risks immediately when I see one or should I try to resolve the risk first and then raise it. How long should I try before raising one.
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How is a countermeasure influencing the total risk score?

I'm just setting up a risk management for a project, and I have to admit, that I'm not used to it. That's my table so far. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------...
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How is consensus and accountability achieved in large software development projects?

I'm studying how distributed software is managed (Linux, Wikipedia etc) and am trying to figure out if there is any pattern for consensus and accountability. Ideally I could visualize the inputs and ...
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How to explain to management that taking over an external project is a big risk?

Management thinks that it would be lucrative to take over a fairly complex solution from a startup founder. Apparently the client has fired the tech company that had built it due to "poor quality". It ...
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Distributed Risk Register and Facilitation of Risk-Based / -Aware Thinking

Over here, it was aksed how to overcome reticence to use RAID logs (with A referring to actions, not assumptions). The general approach, already suggested by the OP, would be to rid the (in this case ...
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How do I facilitate a project risk assessment?

Let's say I wanted to asses the risks in a project like the one in this link: https://github.com/tanay-bits/baxter_skeletonteleop, where I am tele-operating a robot using a vision sensor. How can I ...
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How to deal with constantly (~daily) changing requirements?

I see a number of similar links, but none seem to have a solution, mostly "they shouldn't be doing that"'s. I agree, but please, read on: Scenario: 800K pages of documents, narrative(e.g. emails)/...
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Do you show your RAID log to stakeholders?

So I have started documented all risk related issues in a RAID log. I am showing my stakeholder it weekly, so that he is aware of all product related risks, but not sure if there is much value in ...
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RAID logs - What is the best way to organise them?

First time using RAID logs as part of project delivery. I have found a template where Risks is separate from Issues done in Excel. I am using it the following way: 1) RISKS - I specify all potential ...
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Development buffers and risk factors

How do you plan on risks when working on the project detailed plan? I assume you add to the plan vacation days for each resource (even though they may not have requested leave at this point), you plan ...
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How to track and manage project progress & opportunities?

I am trying to manage project progress; what is the best way to track and manage project progress? As the project progresses, how does one recognize, anticipate and track alternative possibilities?
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Is it normal to find managing remote teams/subcontractors harder?

Typical problems I have found that there is: a delay in communication, even after using project planning tools. More delays. Remote worker not having the self discipline to work structured hours and ...
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Are retrospectives and daily stand ups replacement of risk management

Currently we are following a lot of the Scrum routines like stand ups, refinements, planning 1/2, demo, retro... The past few months we were heading downwards showing poor performance and delivering ...
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Is lack of knowledge/experience in the dev team a risk according to the risk management theory

Our team has 1 BA, 3 devs and 1 QA. We are trying to follow SCRUM as much as possible and since recently the term Risk management was not a part of our dictionary. However the past few months our ...
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How to minimize scope creep?

Scope creep can easily transform a good project into a distressed one. What are the methods for minimizing continuous expansion of project requirements?
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Finding out whether a decision made has been risk-taking or risk-averse

I want to do an empirical study on risk management by translation trainees for my MA thesis. Translation is an act full of decision-makings for rendering risky parts of the text. I want to interpret ...
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What risk analysis model shall I use if I know the areas (sources) of risk?

I know the areas of risk in a group of companies based on a Risk Breakdown System. With what model shall I analyze them afterwards? Is FMEA good for this purpose? If yes, how should I apply it?
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How exactly one can find out the influence of each risk component in Fault Tree Model? Is that possible at all?

How exactly one can find out the influence of each risk component in Fault Tree Model? Is that possible at all with model?
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FTA (Fault Tree Analysis) or FMEA (Failure mode and effects analysis): how they are different from each other?

I have decided to work on risk analysis for my MA thesis, but I am stuck with choosing the theoretical framework for that. I am not studying MBA or other Management fields, and that makes my job hard. ...
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Having trouble managing a sub contractor

I am project managing on an on going bases an e-commerce site for a client. I have only one resource working on it, a sub contractor due to a lack of resources. He is working remotely. I am having ...
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Identify risks from 100 case studies [closed]

I want to identify risks from 100 case studies of past construction projects. What the most relevant documents that I need to consider that would save my time. Thank you in advance, Mustafa
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Who is responsible for risk management in Agile-style deliveries?

I have a lot of experience of waterfall-style deliveries (or more accurately, incremental waterfall since I don't know of anyone who still does actual rigid waterfall any more), but none whatsoever in ...
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What qualifies as a trackable risk?

When creating a Risk Analysis document, what qualifies as a reasonable risk? As a rule of thumb we expect 5 risks to be tracked. Is it reasonable to include risks such as the building burning down or ...
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How to motivate my team members to start documenting their work

I just started a new job as a technical project manager. It's more or less my first experience, as I have just run teams of two students before, and now I am managing a project of 10 engineers, some ...
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Using probability to assess issues

In risk management within projects, probability is used as a way to understand how likely risks are to happen in the future. This is obviously a well-established area. Presumably there is nothing ...
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Product launch failure [closed]

Background I'm currently working on a product (external facing) and we are on the verge of launch of the product. I want to gear myself up with facing the worst situations since this is the first ...
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Project constantly running into problems, so how does a PM manage the consistent budget impacts?

With a certain project, I reconcile on a weekly basis to determine its performance, i.e. if estimates are being adhered to or not. Issue: Every week, the team faces a new issue that wasn't accounted ...
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What is the point of a risk with no impact?

Forgive me if this doesn't belong here, but I thought this more appropriate for PM than for Programmers or SO. We use risk assessments where I work as part of the software development life-cycle. A ...
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How can we prevent project professionals from sabotaging the project schedule?

I work with an organization that hires professionals with temporary contracts that last for the length of the particular projects they are working on. At the moment, these contracts are usually just a ...
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Is a “business as usual” issue a project issue?

There is a major replacement/upgrade project in flight. The project touches on a number of existing systems that are not being upgraded some of which have business as usual issues e.g. lack of support,...
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What is risk mitigation?

I have to report risks and fill out the field "mitigation". What does risk mitigation normally mean: reducing the likelyhood/probability or the impact?
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Is the lack of requirements such as functional and non-functional a risk?

If a project has forsaken to undertake a cycle of eliciting and documenting requirements, what level of risk does it introduce, how is this addressed and whom does it sit with?
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At what point do assumptions become risk?

In most documents there is a section on assumptions e.g. We assume that the network is well within the realms of supporting this solution. At what point does it become a risk? Where does the risk ...
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If risks have been identified in a design document, how are these addressed?

If a design document e.g. software, IT infrastructure, etc details risks, how are these generally addressed as part of the project? Do these risks also reside with the project? For example, i have a ...
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Is an operational risk considered a project risk?

Assuming there is an IT operational risk such as the lack of backups during a delivery of a solution would it be considered a project risk and if so how would you classify the risks?
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When does a PM create a RAID log

Got a few questions on RAID (Risks, Assumptions, Issues, Dependencies) and RISK registers. In what phase of the project does a PM create a RAID log? I am assuming it is during the planning phase. is ...
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How to set and mantain a risk checklist for a set of software development projects in a medium-sized company?

Considering risk identification as an important part of project planning, and if working in an environment where projects are quite similar, having a checklist with a set of standard risks to be ...
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Method for assessing risk in a release

I have been tasked to develop a metrics program specifically designed to look at how risky a release is from a code base volatility perspective. The director requesting this information is working ...
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Do project managers use RAID Logs?

Project management theorists discuss the importance of the RAID log (Risks, Assumptions, Issues, Dependencies). I have found in software development there is commonly the Issues log (which is ...
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Cumulative Flow

This project--developing web-based modules--is currently in its testing phase. On a daily basis, the team captures testing results and progress using a cumulative flow diagram. The testing phase is ...
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(Calculation EMV) What is the business purpose of product value calculated by multiplying the probability of an event by the cost of the impact?

Lets say you are going on a geological survey up on a mountain in the rural areas. ( Page 576, Head First PMP 3rd Edition, Jennifer Greene, PMP & Andrew Stellman, PMP ) Expected Monetary Value (...
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Risk and Opportunity definitions

If the definition of a risk is: Anything that might affect a project achieving its goals then what is the definition of an opportunity?
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Risk management concepts definitions

I am trying to define some concepts of risk management and I am having some trouble. I am using definitions from ISO 73:2009 and from "A. Avizienis, J-C Laprie, B. Randell, and Landwehr. Basic ...
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Important Concepts In Project Management [closed]

What are the most important concepts that should be added (as notes on ms project)? for example: Defining the project scope, risk management .. what others?
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What does a “Contingency” Plan involve? [closed]

For example, if lack of resource commitment is identified as an issue, then what would the contingency plan look like? does it have a specific structure? what key factors must I consider when ...
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Assessing Risks in Project Management (Microsoft Project) [closed]

I have the following queries regarding Risk Management: Upon identifying a risk, a contingency plan is usually developed, what does this involve? An example would be great. What effects would risks ...
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How should you handle a risk when the only mitigation or contingency you can come up with is not on your hands?

I had a risk for a software project that had to do with something I could not control. That was (really long delays on delivery of the hardware). I work on a big company where IT has it's own budget ...
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Splitting PM responsibility between technical lead and non-technical PM on an agile project?

In practical terms, how do you suggest that a technical lead (me) work with a non-technical PM who is responsible for multiple projects? How should dependencies between stories, and external ...