To make this book as relevant as possible for today’s risk faciltiators, I’m going on a mini tour to ask people about risk.
Last month it was the turn of the British Computer Society’s project management special interest group: PROMSG.
Here is what we covered that evening:
In groups, people discussed the issues that they face dealing with risk on their projects. These were the top ones:
We explored what made a fabulous risk manager:
Then I ran through some practical ideas to help people before, during and after risk workshops. These included:
- being clear on your purpose,
- getting the right people in the room,
- use graphics (see www.graphicsmadeeasy.co.uk for help with this!)
- think of how to make the risk workshop environment even more effective
- use conflict in a positive way
- easy ways to use anonimity, for example, to deal with problems of hierachy
- check intentionality to make actions more likely to get done
We used an anonymous method to build up a group mind map of what works for risk workshops:
See all the outputs clearly here.
The evening finished on a high with a prize draw. The winners left with either a Visual Vocabulary Volume I or a Conference Calls Made Easy CD.
This is also the evening when I met my publisher, Jonathan Norman of Gower, for the first time face to face. Here’s his view of the evening. Jonathan, it was great to meet you too!