Monday, August 5, 2013

Risk Management Uncertainty Project Environments

Unforeseen disruptions can affect everything from technical feasibility to market timing, cost, and financial performance. Project risk has a very dynamic nature, in the sense that risks which eventually cause performance problems often have cascading and compounding effects on projects. Here are a few project risk management strategies that can help you succeed in a competitive business environment, despite these negative potentialities:

Identify & deal with contingencies early

A contingency is a condition that occurs when uncertainties emerge with the potential to impact a project. Once you have identified a contingency, it is helpful to categorize the associated risk with defined impacts. This will give you a basis for communicating the degree of risk impact with your project team. Category-1 risks might mean no impact on project performance, category-2 risks might mean impact on task or project subsystems only, and category-3 risks might stand for impact on project performance. In either case, it is important to know that only risks on the project's critical path can be category-3 risks. Using project management software can help you make this assessment, in your own projects.

Assess feasibility early & frequently

Feasibility analysis tools such as concept tests, focus groups, and prototype trials can serve very well as means to detect risks and treat them early on in a project's life cycle. Adequate feasibility analyses will allow 
you to think through contingencies in your projects, as well as mold and shape your development strategies. By guiding the progress of your projects with frequent feasibility analyses, you will lower the risk of poor usability and design by continuously integrating your clients' feedback into the development cycles of your projects.

Combine quantitative & qualitative risk MGT

With the help of project risk management software, we have become effective at identifying and dealing with risks that can be described quantitatively. But while quantitative methods provide an important tool set for project risk management, it also takes the collective thinking and collaboration of all project team members and stakeholders to identify and address the complexity of risks in today's business environment. To strengthen the qualitative side of your project risk management, engage in review meetings, brainstorming, focus groups, and other activities with your project team/stakeholders.
To conclude, we've discussed several project risk management strategies, which included identifying contingencies early, conducting frequent feasibility analyses, and complementing quantitative approaches with people-oriented approaches. It has become clear that some organizations are more successful than others in dealing with project environment risks. By investing the necessary time and energy into your project team, and into learning and applying these methods.

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