Project Initiation Monthly Initiation Weekly Management Daily Management Monthly Closure Project Closure Post-Project Management Appoint the sponsor A01 Appoint the project manager A02 Appoint the key team members A03 Describe the project A04 Identify and plan the deliverables A05 Identify risks and plan responses A06 Have project initiation peer-reviewed A07 Make a go/no-go decision A08 Kick off the project A09 Conduct a focused communication A10 Revise and refine the plans B01 Have the monthly cycle peer-reviewed B02 Make a go/no-go decision B03 Kick off the monthly cycle B04 Conduct a focused communication B05 Measure and report performance C01 Plan responses for deviations C02 Kick off the weekly cycle C03 Conduct a focused communication C04 Manage risks, issues, and change requests D01 Accept completed deliverables D02 Evaluate stakeholder satisfaction E01 Capture lessons and plan for improvements E02 Conduct a focused communication E03 Hand over the product F01 Evaluate stakeholder satisfaction F02 Have the closing activity group peer-reviewed F03 Archive the project documents F04 Celebrate! F05 Conduct a focused communication F06 Evaluate the benefits G01 Generate new ideas G02 Conduct a focused communication G03

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

Purpose

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:

Principles

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



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