Smooth Projects... Effective Project Management!
Project Management Software Articles
Project Management Software
Assessing Risk: Seven Principles of Risk Management
preparing for a project, and even throughout the project, a project
manager needs to be aware of risk. Continuous risk assessment is a
necessary skill for effective project management. Project management
software can help in this area, as can a good project team.
identifies seven principles of risk management that project managers
should keep in mind as they work to keep their projects on track:
global perspective, forward looking view, open communication,
integrated management, continuous process, shared product vision, and
Thinking with a global perspective from a project management standpoint
is not necessarily about thinking world wide in the context of
international countries (although it can be). Global perspective is a
way of referring to looking at the big picture. Project management
software can help you keep the big picture in mind by providing an easy
way to look at schedules and look at the whole. While it is important
to focus on the task at hand, one must also keep in mind how the
current assignment will affect the project as a whole both now and
Forward looking view.
By anticipating tomorrow’s risks and problems today, a project manager
is more equipped to deal with uncertainties. It is important to think
about possible outcomes of the current task, as well as consider
possible risks arising from a certain course of action. By looking
ahead, a project team can anticipate possible scenarios and prepare for
them, even as they are completing the current assignment or project
Open communication. This is an
important aspect that no project management software or training
session can fully equip a project manager for. One must practice good
communication skills to encourage discussion. Additionally, a value for
individual knowledge and expertise should be part of the risk
management plan. The environment should be such that team members are
comfortable in communication their concerns informally and on the spot,
without having to seek an appointment or feel intimidated.
Rather than viewing risk management as something separate from project
management, risk assessment and management should be integrated as a
natural function of project management. Likewise, methods of risk
control should be taught to team members and the infrastructure of the
project should include risk management methods and procedures.
Risks should not merely be addressed at the beginning of a project or
project phase and then forgotten. Continuous risk management is an
essential part of good project management and contributes to the team’s
ability to handle problems as they arise.
Shared product vision.
Shared vision requires that project team members share a common goal
with the project manager. It requires ownership in the project and a
concerted desire to make the project a success. Team members should
focus on results and a positive outcome for the project.
Like shared vision, teamwork requires all team members to work
together. It is about pooling resources, skills, and knowledge to
assess risks and then mitigate them. It is group problem solving that
encourages everyone to come together for the successful completion of
Article by Remedysoft, Inc.
All Rights Reserved