Project Management

Match Risk Style to Technique

Known globally as The Risk Doctor, David has been working in risk management for about 30 years. He has worked in 48 countries on every continent except the Antarctic (too cold!), with clients in most industries.

Whether a risk facilitator takes control of a workshop, encourages collaboration or plays a support role, the approach should take into account the risk identification techniques being used by the group. Here is guidance on which style works best with six common risk identification techniques.

In “The Risk Facilitator” (April 20, 2016), we outlined three styles that a risk facilitator can adopt: Directive (where the facilitator controls the workshop from the front); Collaborative (where facilitator and group work together as partners); and Supportive (allowing the group to run the workshop, with the facilitator offering advice and guidance as required).

A skilled facilitator can make each of these styles more effective by adapting them to match particular risk identification techniques. Here is a look at which of these facilitation styles works best for various risk identification techniques:

Brainstorming. This technique requires a strong Directive style from the facilitator, in order to set up and enforce the ground rules, to manage group dynamics, to encourage quiet individuals to contribute, to channel dominant individuals, to prevent distractions and diversions, to maintain the schedule, to reach consensus on outputs, and to record identified risks properly.

Assumptions and Constraints Analysis. Examination of assumptions and constraints as potential sources of …

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