Risk Management: Quit Harping and Start Affecting

Kenneth has 14 years of healthcare experience in government and private industry. Over eight years of experience managing healthcare IT projects, operations, contracts, and personnel. His work experience includes project management, contracts and procurements, data analysis, claims adjudication, business writing, and business process modeling. Kenneth was certified in 2006 as a Project Management Professional.

What is risk management on your project? Is it just another checklist, a process that you are supposed to follow because the customer’s contract says you have to follow PMBOK? Or is it something that impacts the project in a positive manner? Perhaps it is something that the project manager is invested in, but nobody else understands why they have to keep talking about these risks that never actually happen.

If risk management does not seem helpful to the project at the moment, then it‘s time for the risk manager or project manager to quit harping and start affecting the project and the project team in a positive manner. These steps will help make that positive impact.

Make it Believable
The first step is to make the risks believable. This means that you need to fully define everything about the risk. Ask questions such as, “Has it happened in other projects or have other projects been able to mitigate the risk successfully?”

A major key in making the risks believable is to make sure that everyone understands everything about the risk. The risk manager may need to outline what the risk entails and what could happen if the risk is realized. The project manager or risk manager’s job is to make sure that everyone in connection to the project understands the risk and all of the impacts to the project. This will help make everything more…

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