How to Build Your Risk Management Plan – an Effective Checklist
Risk Management Plan
List all risks you’ve identiﬁed for the project with brief descriptions.
Estimate the likelihood of the risk occurring and the potential impact to the project.
Make a prioritized list of risks, agreed upon by team members and stakeholders.
Formulate the strategies you plan to use to avoid some risks completely, reduce the
probability that risks occur, and lessen the impact if they do occur. Identify which
risks you will respond to and which ones you will accept.
List the processes you plan to use to monitor risks and the metrics you use to
List the risk triggers, events, and circumstances that provide early warning of risks
that are in danger of occurring.
Include the risk information sheet and risk log you plan to use to manage risks.
Risk Management Plan
Specify if the risk review frequency will be according to a factor such as probability,
at the end of each stage, or at set regular intervals during each stage.
Detail how the project staff will report new risks or changes in the status of
Develop interfaces with other affected projects, up to program level if the project is
part of a program of projects, and into the organizational risk management system if
it has organizational implications.
Assign Risk Log accesses and share the reasons behind standard 'read only' and, if
any, restrictions because of security or genuine conﬁdentiality.
Deﬁne when you must inform the Project Steering Group immediately of a new risk –
or a status change in an existing one – and when you can leave this to the next
progress review or report.
Explain how you plan to keep people informed about selected risks throughout
Check that the Risk Plan is written clearly enough, so that everyone involved in the
management of the project can understand it.
Check the details of the plan with the Project Steering Group before being ﬁnalized.
Plan Risk Management
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