A06 - Identify risks and plan responses

This management activity belongs to the Project Initiation group. This group of activities are run at the beginning to prepare us for the project.

Conduct workshops with key team members to first identify risks, and then to plan responses to them. Store the information in the Follow‑Up Register.

Based on the identified risks and planned responses, you may need to adjust the Project Description and the Deliverables Map as well.

If a similar project has been done before, check its archive to learn more about the risks related to your project.

Follow-Up Register template

Project Description template


The main reason for identifying risks is to plan responses to them proactively, because it’s much easier and cheaper to control risks before they materialize rather than after.

Common pitfalls

The following helps you avoid some of the commonest pitfalls in risk management:


The following principles play a significant role in this management activity:

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A - Project Initiation

B - Monthly Initiation

C - Weekly Management

D - Daily Management

E - Monthly Closure

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