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Feb 2010 - Managing risk in projects - What's new?

Published in PM World Today, Vol Xii, Issue II

People have been trying to manage risky projects for many years, but projects still keep failing. This article explores four areas requiring attention, to address problems with principles, process, people and persistence. It draws on insights from David Hillson's latest book "Managing risk in projects".

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Jan/Feb 2010 - The two faces of risk management

Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), Jan/Feb 2010, page 29

The New Year is a time for reviewing the past and considering the future. Risk management should also look back to learn lessons from the past, and look forward to get ready for the future.

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Dec 2009 - A little risk is a good thing

The Project Manager (the magazine of PMSA), Issue 3, pages 44-45

There are three reasons why risk in projects is not "A Bad Thing", and this article explains why project risk should not be feared. Risk is normal for all projects, some risks are helpful, and it is possible to manage risk effectively.

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Nov 2009 - Staying SAFE at sea - and in projects

Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), November 2009, page 20

A recent safety campaign promoting safety at sea for young sailors provides inspiration and insights for projects. Discover four simple steps for ensuring that your project stays afloat and reaches harbour safely.

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Oct 2009 - How groups make risky decisions

Proceedings of the PMI Global Congress 2009 North America, presented in Orlando FL, US, 13 October 2009

Previously presented at PMI Global Congress 2009 EMEA, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 19 May 2009

 

There are many influences when groups make decisions which are perceived to be both risky and important. This paper presents recent research revealing the main drivers in these situations. An expanded emotional literacy framework is proposed to enable groups to make good decisions by understanding and managing the underlying influences on group risk attitude. [Full details of the research are presented in "Managing Group Risk Attitude" by Ruth Murray-Webster & David Hillson]

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Oct 2009 - Risk management 20 years on

Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), October 2009, page 30

Much has changed in the world of risk management since the Risk Doctor started his first Risk Register in 1985. This article looks back over the past two decades and discovers that some things have changed - and some have not!

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Sept 2009 - Weight management for risk-takers

Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), September 2009, page 24

This article uses the analogy of risk obesity to discuss ways of dealing with taking on too much risk without suffering from the equivalent of eating disorders. Find your ideal risk-weight!

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August 2009 - Don't make the same misteak twice

Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), August 2009, page 47

We all want to do better, and businesses aspire to become "learning organisations". Despite this it seems that the same risks appear repeatedly in Risk Registers. Why do we not learn from our past experience? This article explores the reasons and presents a simple checklist to help us learn from the past to benefit the future.

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July 2009 - Problems with probability

Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), July 2009, page 29

Discover the four reasons why risk practitioners, management and project teams experience repeated difficulty in assessing the probability that a given risk might occur, and explore possible solutions. In particular the limitations of natural language are outlined. It is very likely that you will learn something new from this article!

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June 2009 - Swine flu and risk perception

Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), June 2009, page 18

Ten factors affecting public perception of risk are outlined, explaining why we may be over-reacting to the current swine flu outbreak. Surprisingly, most of these factors are not purely rational - and they also affect our businesses and projects. Understanding them should help us to respond more appropriately to the real risks we face.

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