The book consists of eight chapters, each with a number of subsections, followed by eleven appendices. To provide a sense of content, the chapter headings are listed as follows:
- Introduction and Need for Risk Management
- Risk Management Overview
- Some Risk Management Implementation Considerations
- Some Risk Planning Considerations
- Some Risk Identification Considerations
- Some Risk Analysis Considerations
- Some Risk Handling Considerations
- Some Risk Monitoring Considerations
Of these, chapters three and six are by far the largest, together occupying 75% of the chapter space indicating that the content of the book is concentrated on implementation and analysis considerations.
The Appendices are identified as follows:
- Comparison of Risk Management for Commercial and Defense Programs
- Current DoD Program Phases and Milestones
- Comparison of the Microeconomic Framework to Actual DoD Program Outcomes
- Changing the Definition of Risk — Why Risk It?
- Characteristics of the Cost-Performance Slice of the Technical Possibility Surface
- Program Structure Models
- Sample language for Including Risk management in an RFP and Evaluating It During Source Selection
- Some Characteristics and Limitations of Ordinal Scales in Risk Analyses
- Example Technical Risk Analysis
- Estimated Probability Values for Subjective Probability Statements
- Development of Ordinal Probability Scales from Cardinal Data
While the chapters occupy 77% of the book, the above appendices occupy a hefty 23%. Interestingly, we found the appendices most captivating, perhaps because they provide more detailed explanations, discussion and practical recommendations.