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Project Manager

Tool: Issues and risk management

Typical use (type of issue/project)

To examine the issues and risks inherent in a project. These can include compliance with delivery dates, staffing, and management support, amongst others.

Ease of use rating

Used by

Yourself as the project manager, and your team or the team’s IS specialist.

Tips for effective use

Brainstorm the risks and issues at the beginning of the project. Use the identified issues and risks to form the basis of your log. Keep the log up to date, resolving issues and mitigating risks as required.

Signals of successful use

Being able to identify and resolve a risk before it occurs. Having an updated log that clearly reflects the occurrences of the project.

Signals of unsuccessful use

Having a log that is neither updated.

Links to other tools

All other Project management tools.

Issues and risk management

  1. Be clear about the difference between risks and issues
  • Risks are something that might happen and you can plan to mitigate them.
  • Issues are things that have happened – and you need to deal with and resolve them.
  1. Carry out a brainstorm with the team to capture as many risks as possible. Grade them
  • are they high, medium or low ?
  • what is the likelihood of them happening?
  • what is the impact if they do?

Programme risk descriptions:

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  1. Create a log and put in place risk mitigation plans – so you know what you will do if a risk does happen. Risks and issues must be allocated an action plan and timescale agreed to resolve it. (Risk and issue log in PDF format)
  2. Review and update the log regularly – escalating problems as required.