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The Program Manager’s Risk Environment

The program manager’s risk environment is complex, because risks at the business level, program level, or project level can impact the program. That’s why categorization of risks facilitates better risk identification activities.

Additionally, the program manager must scrutinize which business- and program-level risks project manager’s should address. It would be too burdensome and unnecessary for project managers to try to address all the risks that exist at each of these levels. Just as the program manager filters and decides what project managers need to address, the project manager also has to filter and decide what project-level risks are shown or escalated to the business level. Realize that the business level would be overwhelmed if its managers saw or even knew about every project-level risk.

So what are the various risks in each category?

Posted by Dr. James Brown in Risk Management Strategies and Tactics, Risk Mitigation.

Risk Mitigation – Early execution is better, but we love later

Risk Mitigation – Early execution is better, but we love later

I currently reside on the 7th floor of a condo overlooking a park in Florida. I have observed on many occasions people picnicking or barbequing in the park. Today at the park there was a family celebration with running kids, balloons and colored table cloths under a small pavilion. Unfortunately a line of severe thunderstorms was approaching.

Approaching ThunderstormNow all the signs of an upcoming storm were there, the imposing sky, the rush of the cool breeze, and distant lightening. Not to mention weather radar on mobile phones. Even the dogs the park goers brought were unsettled and began to howl. (Now I don’t speak dog but I suspect the howls meant “Oh brilliant master, let’s go”).

Posted by Dr. James Brown in Risk Management Strategies and Tactics, Risk Mitigation.