Risk management is to the PMO what bug spray is during mosquito season. This is the claim of Daniel M. Langley, writer for the FederalTimes.com. However, an IT risk is more than just an itchy welt that you can’t stop scratching. It’s a dangerous problem that can take much longer to heal. To prevent getting bitten to start with, Langley suggests some simple do’s and don’ts.
Don’t start with nothing. There are always a few key risks that apply to every program. Keep those in your back pocket, and use them as a starting point for brainstorming the rest. Also, don’t forget to validate identified risks. Voice concerns to those responsible for the risk right away.
Do take action when the need arises, and make your goals for handling risks specific. Do collaborate with risk owners, so you can keep each other updated over the course of the project. Finally, do get the support of those in leadership positions. After all, you aren’t just some pesky mosquito. Risk management is the bug spray, and your IT project will be a hot and sticky summer night if you aren’t careful.