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This is important, too.

Many projects fail because risks and important issues on the project were not managed. This is the gateway that all team members will use to introduce risks and issues to the project.

The project manager needs to make this clear on the very first Daily Forum and to reiterate this, periodically. Tell the team that if they have an issue or something they feel will cause a risk to the project; this is the forum for that information. Tell the team that this is the way to introduce risks and issues and you will not accept them sent to the project in any other way, by e-mail, by letter or any other method. Let us explain.

You want the risks and issues to be heard by all team members. A lot of the time, team members consider a risk important or concern. Quite often, this can immediately be negated by another team member. It simply is not an issue or a risk. It was just a perceived risk.

So, let us say you have a new risk. Let us say, for example, you were attending a system demonstration yesterday when someone raised a business question. The business attendee was unable to answer the question. This lack of knowledge, you feel is a risk. So you raise a new risk. The level of business knowledge supporting system demonstrations, on the project, is inadequate. If it is a risk to the project, it needs communicating and recording.

If this is not a risk and was caused by some other temporary predicament, then there will be a business team representative at the Daily Forum who will explain and mitigate.

If not, we have a new risk and it is recorded on the RAID Log. This particular risk is important, to assign it a high priority. It contravenes one of the Engagement Commitments that your project expects. The person responsible for business resources is automatically risk owner for this risk. You will also see that, if we cannot immediately allocate a risk owner, the owner of the RAID Log is assigned as the default risk owner. It is up to them to resolve the true owner of the risk and update the RAID Log accordingly.


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