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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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May 2009 - Risk management isn't hard

Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), May 2009, page 25

It's a mistake to label risk management as "hard", for two reasons. Firstly because risk management is easy - it's just structured common sense. And secondly because risk management involves the use of soft skills alongside hard techniques.

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April 2009 - Innovative risk management

Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), April 2009, page 10

Some people think that risk management hinders innovation because it stops people trying things that are new and potentially risky. This column explains the misconceptions behind this view and shows how proper risk management is truly innovative.

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March 2009 - Better safe than sorry?

Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), March 2009, page 10

The precautionary principle encourages us to prepare for the worst. This leads to over-reactions and unnecessary levels of contingency, and can lead risk management into disrepute. This column proposes antidotes to the precautionary principle to help us take the right risks safely.

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Feb 2009 - What is your biggest risk?

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

The Probability-Impact Matrix (PIM) is the most common technique to decide which are the biggest risks. This article discusses the problem with relying solely on the PIM, and suggests some alternative approaches to sizing and prioritising risks.

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Jan 2009 - Happy Risky New Year!

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

Many current definitions of "risk" include both threat and opportunity. Some people don't understand this, and so they are resistant to putting it into practice. This column describes three main reasons why risk should include opportunity alongside threat, and why the risk process should seek to manage both opportunities and threats proactively.

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