This Guest paper was submitted for publication in July 2020.
It is copyright to Jordan MacAvoy 2020.
Published here November 2020.

Introduction | An Overview of Project vs. Risk Management 
Risk Management in Projects | Risk Management and Communication Plan
Prioritizing and Analysis | Risk Response and Regular Reporting
How Project Managers Can Assist with Risk Management Tasks | Conclusion

How Project Managers Can Assist with Risk Management Tasks

Because risk management is an essential part of any project, project managers have a big role to play when identifying, analyzing, and mitigating risks. Indeed, all stakeholders will rely on the expertise of the project manager to help during the planning, execution, and completion of the project.

The good news is that many skills that are required during project management also apply to manage risks on a daily basis. Here are critical tasks that all project managers should carry out during the risk management process.

  1. Providing leadership during the planning stage
    While planning is an all-inclusive process where many different people will be involved during decision-making, project managers should take the leadership role. They are responsible for charting the most realistic and efficient channels through which the project will be carried out. More specifically, project managers should be at the forefront of deciding project scope, timelines, and resource allocation. They may also make recommendations as to the best tools necessary to achieve critical project goals.
  2. Assembling relevant teams and assigning appropriate tasks
    Project managers also play an important role during talent identification. In addition to having the right personnel for the job, you will also need to determine which personalities work best towards a specific goal. Assembling effective teams can be the difference between efficient, under-budget projects and conflict-ridden workflows that derail progress. Furthermore, proper team assignment makes communication easier while streamlining the risk identification process.
  3. Resource management
    Project managers should have the final say with regard to resource allocation. While you don't need to oversee every transaction, keeping expenses within budget and ensuring that resources are being used correctly will be an important responsibility. Proper resource management can help you mitigate budget-related risks, including project delays, as a result of limited resources or wastage.
  4. Record generation and record-keeping
    Accurate record-keeping is the key to implementing a successful project. This is because you can document all relevant workflows, including risks that you may have faced during the execution of a project. Records are also a valuable resource that you can rely on to improve future tasks and implement more efficient projects. Project managers should set the proper tone for record-keeping by overseeing the process, correcting mistakes along the way, and using feedback from reports to implement relevant changes.
Risk Response and Regular Reporting  Risk Response and Regular Reporting

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