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Risk Workshops for Projects Involving IT

Finding out about Risk Workshops at the British Computer Society last month

by Penny on 16th March 2010

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:

Start Up for the BCS.jpg

In groups, people discussed the issues that they face dealing with risk on their projects. These were the top ones:

What issues do you face with risk.jpg

We explored what made a fabulous risk manager:

What makes a fabulous risk manager.jpg

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:

What really works for Risk Workshops.jpg

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!

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