Risk Management

Course Length:           2 days                                                  14 PDUs

Course Description
This seminar focuses on the uncertainty that surrounds any project.  Project Risk Management is designed to have the participant learn core project risk management concepts and best practices, and learn tools that are used to proactively manage project risk.  During the course, “best practices” will be introduced, and put into context through various exercises and scenarios and case studies.

Target Student:
Students enrolling in this course should be planning to lead a project (primary audience) or serve on a project team (secondary audience).

To ensure your success, we recommend you have some working knowledge or experience in working in a project environment, or have completed a foundations course in project management.
Delivery Method:  
Instructor-led, group-paced, classroom-delivery learning model with structured minds-on and hands-on activities.

Students will learn how to use project risk management techniques to proactively plan, assess, monitor, control, document, and close out their risk management activities on a project successfully.

Performance-Based Objectives
Discuss the processes of Project Risk Management and a project manager’s role in this activity.
Discuss why projects are unsuccessful due to inadequate risk management, and how project teams can address this shortcoming.
List and discuss the impact risks have on project success criteria and common categories for project risk.
Discuss the process for developing a Risk Management Plan.
Discuss techniques for identifying a project’s risks.
Discuss techniques assessing and analyzing risks, both qualitatively and quantitatively.
Compare different risk response strategies for proactively dealing with both threats, but also opportunities.
Identify techniques for proactively monitoring and dealing with risk throughout the project life cycle.
Use Lessons Learned regarding risk management to continuously improve the Risk Management Plan.

Course Content

Day 1

  1. Introduction to Project Risk Management
    Session Overview
    Course Objectives
    Exercise – The Domino Project 
  1. Project Risk Management
    What is a Project Risk?
    Risk Management vs. Issues Management
    What Happens if you don’t Manage Risks?
    Exercise – Identify typical project risks
    Practical Risk Management Guidelines
    Process Model for Project Risk Management
    PMBOK® Guide Project Risk Management Processes
    Sample Project  – Case Study
  1. Plan Risk Management
    Project Subsidiary Management Plans
    Components of a Risk Management Plan
    Risk Utility
    Risk Management Planning Meeting
    Project Risk Categories
    The Risk Breakdown Structure
    Exercise- Develop a Risk Breakdown Structure
    Meeting Guidelines
    Exercise- Risk Management Planning Meeting
  1. Identify Risks
    Process Approach to Risk Management
    Identify Risks tools and techniques
    Crawford Slip Adaptation
    Risk Syntax
    The Risk Register
    Exercise – Identify Project Risks

Day 2

  1. Project Risk Assessment
    Why Assess and Rank Risks?
    Risk Assessment
    Frequency or Risk Assessments
    Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis
    Risk Probability of Occurrence
    Risk Impacts to Project Objectives
    Using a Probability Impact Grid (PIG)
    Exercise – Assess Project Risks using a PIG
    Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis
    Tools and Techniques for Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis
    Sensitivity Analysis
    Expected Monetary Value (EMV) Analysis
    Decision-Tree Analysis
    Exercise – Perform a Decision-Tree Analysis
    Monte Carlo Simulation
    Sample – Monte Carlo Simulation


6.  Plan Risk Responses
Risk Response goals
Plan Risk Responses Tools and Techniques
Responses for Threats
Responses for Opportunities
Acceptance as a Response
Risk Response Strategies
Risk Triggers
Residual Risks
Secondary Risks
Contingency Reserves
Developing the Risk Response Plan
Exercise – Develop a Risk Response Plan


7.  Monitor and Control Risks
Risk Monitoring
Risk Control
Monitor and Control Risks Tools and Techniques
Risk Audits
Variance and Trend Analysis
Reserve Analysis
Status Meetings
Tracking and Reporting on project risk
Exercise – Perform a Risk Re-Assessment


8.  Continuous Improvement
Lessons Learned
Improving the Risk Management Plan
Project Issues
Issues Management
Process Flow for Issues Management
Capstone Exercise – Perform Risk Management Activities on a short case                                                study
Course Summary
Course Review


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