Programme Risk Management
Taking project risk management to the next level
- Organisations usually establish a programme to bring together an inter-related set of both projects and business as usual activities. Together these deliver the outcomes needed to realise the strategically important benefits for the sponsor. For example, building the Athletes Village for the London 2012 Olympics.
- Programmes are different from a portfolio of programmes, stand-alone projects and other initiatives that are similar. For example, pharmaceutical companies frequently group their drug discovery activities into therapeutic areas e.g. cardio-vascular disease or cancer.
From a risk management perspective, we recognise the following features of programmes:
- Require high level leadership and direction
- Have a life span of years rather than months
- Require the commitment and active involvement of more than one organisation
- Multiple stakeholders e.g. customers
- Have extensive inter-dependencies between projects (of different types and sizes)
- A lot of uncertainty and risk.
By using Predict! as a programme risk management tool you can:
- Allow project and work package leaders to manage risks at their level
- Give programme board level visibility of project and related operational risks (e.g. performance, hot spots, and contingency needs etc.) – more informed decision-making
- Determine project priorities from a programme perspective
- Have visibility of risks at the project interfaces – enabling timely management
- Achieve cost savings by identifying common risks and mitigating these at programme level.
With the right organisational structure and software in place, you can view, monitor and manage risks across all projects at programme level.