Project Risk Management

Project management is opportunity management and it is the ability to seize opportunities but minimise surprises that can achieve optimum results. Risk management is a proactive tool to do this and get the best results for any project by having the ability to capitalise on managing uncertainty. In this Project Risk Management course, you will work through:
  • the proactive approach to managing uncertainty - based on a clear understanding of the powerful nature of both qualitative and quantitative approaches to risk management.
  • the proactive approach to distinguish between risks and issues – based on a clear understanding of project performance reporting
  • the reactive approach to handling issues and project surprises – based on a clear understanding of defining and managing crisis situations
Project Risk Management gives you the foundation, experience, techniques and tools to manage the various aspects of project risk, project issues and project crisis. This is a course that is based on application with hands-on exercises and a broad array of practical experiences that can immediately be applied to your job.

Delivery Mode

  • Customised

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What's covered?

The course is broken into the following areas:

Module 1: Introduction to Risk

  • Defines the characteristics of "risk", “issue” and “crisis”
  • Tolerances towards risk
  • Definition of probability (uncertainty) and impact (amount at stake)
  • Risk and Issue methodology

Module 2: Risk Management Planning and Identifying Risk

  • Risk management planning
  • Risk identification
  • Idea generation tools and techniques
  • Presenting risk and issue logs

Module 3: Risk Analysis Fundamentals

  • Risk management planning
  • Probability and impact analysis
  • Presenting risk versus presenting issues
  • Contingency analysis
  • Decision trees

Module 4: Risk Response Planning

  • Risk response strategies for opportunities and threats
  • Workaround and fallback planning
  • Monitoring and controlling risk
  • Reassessing risk
  • Completing the risk register and issue register

Module 5: Reactive Risk Management (Project Surprises)

  • Managing the reaction towards project surprises
  • Measuring project surprises
  • How to deal effectively with surprises

Who should participate?

This is an introductory course that is beneficial for those who are new or have just entered project management and want to focus on risk management. It may be of particular benefit to those who have been working in project teams and are now looking to enhance and expand their skill set and specifically improve their reactive and project information management skills

What will I learn?

Participants achieve the following learning outcomes from the programme;

  • Identify best practice project risk and issue management tools and techniques
  • Identify the difference between risk, issue and crisis management
  • Understand how to effectively analyse risk in a systematic manner
  • Look at the best ways of identifying risk even when risk may not be apparent in a project
  • Report risk and issues to stakeholders with effective documentation
  • Identify the best way to respond to project opportunities and threats
  • Differentiate between proactive reactive methods of dealing with ‘no-warning’ project surprises, managing project crisis
  • Continually monitor the project environment for what could happen to impact on project success

Who are the tutors?

Liam Dillon

Liam Dillon specialises in Project Management and Program Management. Liam holds a Master of Science degree in Project Management and is one of the few practitioners to hold multiple project and program management accreditations (PMP®, PMI-ACP®, PMI-RMP®, PMI-SP® and PgMP®) from the Project Management Institute (PMI®). Liam has over 23 years’ professional experience. During that time, he has led some significant global IT and Infrastructure projects and programs for various industries.

Coupled with his industrial experience, Liam spends time training and coaching project managers in USA, Middle-East, Asia and Europe on the topic of project and program management. Liam has served as the President of the Ireland Chapter of PMI and has served as the Chairperson of PMI’s Global Board Volunteer Advisory Group. He has presented both at national and international conferences of the topic of project, program and portfolio management.

Michael Lane

Michael is an experienced professional with history of achievement in the software industry, both in services & product development. His background is in program management, team development (International and local) and general management.

During his extensive career, Michael brings a wealth of practical knowledge on the concepts behind programme management. His portfolio include extensive product development programme to the management of diverse international teams which the common objective of product delivery

Michael has been a part of the academic staff in the University of Limerick where he is responsible for preparation, delivery and assessment of multiple undergraduate and taught postgraduate modules. While Michael currently works in the Engineering department he also spends time with the Project Management faculty in the Kemmy Business School. In conjunction with his responsibilities with University of Limerick, Michael also works with Turlon & Associates within the project and program consultancy / training area.

As well as his third-level qualifications in computer science & marketing, he is also PMI qualified Project Management Professional and is currently beginning his journey towards his Doctorate

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