Managing Risk in Project Management: A Practical Guide

Apr 25 2022
5 min
The Energer Team

Risk management is an essential aspect of effective project management. Every project, no matter how meticulously planned, entails some degree of uncertainty, and therefore risks that may jeopardize its successful execution. Effective risk management requires the identification, assessment, and mitigation of potential risks to minimize their impact on the project's objectives.

This article provides a practical guide for risk management in project management. Whether you're a seasoned project manager or just starting your PM journey, these guidelines will help you identify, assess, and deal with project risks in a structured and systematic way.

  1. Identify Risks
  2. The first step in risk management is identifying potential risks. Risks can be internal, external, foreseeable, or unforeseeable. To identify risks, it is essential to consult project stakeholders, including team members, sponsors, and clients and vendors, to get a comprehensive view of the possible upcoming challenges.

  3. Evaluate the Risks
  4. Once the risks have been identified, the next step is to evaluate their likelihood and impact on the project. Use factors such as probability, severity, and urgency to rate each risk. This evaluation will allow you to prioritize the risks and focus on those that are most critical to the project's success.

    Energer's network editor makes it extremely easy to add risks to a task. This maintains a comprehensive list of all your project risks, as well as when they can/should be retired. You can also add the probability of occurrence, the potential impact to a risk which makes all your project completion date models automatically account for this risk.

  5. Plan for Risk Mitigation
  6. Now that you have identified and evaluated the risks, you need to plan for their mitigation. This step requires developing a viable risk management plan that outlines how each risk will be mitigated, who will be responsible, and how the mitigation action will be monitored and tracked.

  7. Implement the Risk Management Plan
  8. After you have developed the risk management plan, it is essential to put it into action immediately. Assign responsibilities to team members and establish clear communication channels for feedback and input. Regularly monitor the progress of your risk management plan to ensure that it is working effectively.

  9. Update the Plan
  10. Finally, regularly update the risk management plan to ensure that it remains relevant and effective. As the project progresses, new risks may emerge, and existing risks may change in likelihood or impact. Ensure that the risk management plan is a living document that evolves with the project.

Effective risk management is an essential element of successful project management. By identifying potential risks, evaluating their impact, and implementing a practical risk management plan, a project manager can mitigate the project's potential risk and ensure that it is completed on time, within the budget, and to the satisfaction of stakeholders. Use this practical guide for risk management in project management to ensure your projects' success!

Energer's tools make it very easy to highlight risks inherent to a task and keeps the risk visual so you can effectively manage the risk and its potential impact.
Get Started with Energer Today