9 March, 2023

Risk Identification: How to Identify Project Risks | Video

You cannot manage your project risks until you know what it is you need to manage. So, in this video, let’s see the different ways to identify risks to your project.

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Lots of Risk Identification Methods

We often start our Risk Management Process with a Risk Management Kick-off Workshop. Facilitated well, this can be both productive and fun.

But too often, Project Managers just like to stick with their favorite risk identification techniques. And the commonest of those?


Brain Writing

Horizon Scanning: SPECTRES

SPECTRES stands for:

  • Social
  • Political
  • Economic
  • Commercial
  • Technological
  • Regulatory
  • Environmental
  • Safety/Security

Risk Database

here is a great starter list in my book, Risk Happens!, and in my Project Management Checklists Kit.

Risk Breakdown Structure

Start with major sources of risk. Sample frameworks:

  • TCQ
  • People, Process, Technology

Break down step-wise

Work Breakdown Structure Risk Identification


And next, after You have Identified your Project Risks…

Once you have identified your risks, the next step is to get them into your risk register, risk database, or other risk management tool. 

Of course, that’s where our sponsor RiskyProject can come in. So, if you need a sophisticated Risk Management tool, take a look at the link in the description.

Carefully curated video recommendations for you:


This video is sponsored by RiskyProject.

This is a complete suite of project risk analysis and project risk management software that integrates with all major scheduling and planning tools, and covers the complete risk life cycle.

What Kit does a Project Manager Need?

I asked Project Managers in a couple of forums what material things you need to have, to do your job as a Project Manager. They responded magnificently. I compiled their answers into a Kit list. I added my own. 

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Mike Clayton

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Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.
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