Risk management is a core part of all project management. Every team member should know that there will always be factors outside of their control that cannot be anticipated or accounted for, and the way they plan for and react to these factors will determine the outcome of a project. So it stands to reason that all teams embarking on a project of any type should devote some resources to risk management, and while it sounds ominous and negative, risk management is not all about damage control, it can also help uncover opportunities.
Here are three advantages good risk management brings to an organization:
Ensures Project Success
No matter the complexity of the organization, risk managers can help project managers and their team members succeed with their projects. Just as they assess risks and develop strategies to maximize success for the organization as a whole, they can do the same for individual projects. Team members can reduce the likelihood and severity of potential project risks by identifying them early. If something does go wrong, there will already be an action plan in place to handle it. This helps employees prepare for the unexpected and maximize project outcomes.
By being aware of known risks to a project, yet also acknowledging that there are unknown risks that may not be anticipated, team members know that feedback from one part of a process may be the result of factors that they hadn’t included in their estimates for immediate activities. This is especially true when dealing with a fragile supply chain that may create unexpected bottlenecks that can affect the project as a whole.
Additionally, if the success of a project lies in the successful achievement of certain milestones, it’s in the interest of the project team as a whole to make sure these are achieved on time in order for the project to proceed normally. So in a sense, the threat of unknowns often works as a cohesive force in a team that translates to the organization in general.
Efficient horizontal and vertical communication are essential for success as a whole. They promote understanding of internal and external issues and help everyone work together effectively. While many team members know this on a gut level, it can be difficult to put into practice if some parties don’t understand the impact risks can have. Risk management can help by providing a centralized touchpoint for all risk data and providing reports and analysis. This means there is always a central and official source for information and project progress, thus reducing uncertainty.
At Valens Project Consulting, we understand that not every single eventuality can be planned for, so it’s a good practice to be flexible while sticking to the project plans. We stand ready to support your future plans with our extensive catalog of lessons learned, so reach out and schedule your free operational audit and ensure that your future projects will increase your bottom line.
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