We should want to take the time to analyze, assess, plan for and manage risk on the projects that we lead. The bottom line is…most of us really don’t. Or at least our customer’s don’t see the need to spend the time or our senior management doesn’t…or we are just swamped and pushed to get the project running.
No question – the process of performing risk management on the projects that we run should be a given – it should be an essential part of every single project and it should have the proper amount of time and attention given to it. The reality is, we often skip over it or we spend very little ‘planned time’ on it. I tout risk planning and the creation of a Risk Management Plan as a deliverable, but due to time constraints, budget constraints, and lack of customer interest, it happens on less than half of the projects that I manage. I’m not proud of it, but it is reality.