Present a Risk Profile – Part 1

After attending the IQPC Project Risk Management Conference, one of the key questions that have been raised throughout the Conference was “How to present a Risk Profile of a Project to a specific audience”. We have been talking about risk registers and processes for years, but when it comes to presenting the outcomes we fail. 

We present completed risk registers, scare people away with that, try to engage an inmature audience by completing the registers and wonder why they do not come back to the party (risk assessment or participate in the process.

This series (will have like 4 or 5 episodes planned over the next 2 weeks) will try to introduce and explain several options how to present a risk profile to an audience.

So lets start of with the most common one.

The Likelihood and Consequence Diagram:


According to the the Australia/New Zealand Standard for Risk Management (AS/NZS 4360:2004) a risk is defined by as

…the possibility of something happening that impacts on your objectives.  It is the chance to either make a gain or a loss.  It is measured in terms of likelihood and consequence.

The Likelihood is usually measured in 5 different levels, from “Almost Certain” which is the highest level to “Rare” which is the lowest level and 3 levels in between.

The Consequence is measured also in 5 different levels, from “Catastrophic” which is again the highest level to “Insignificant” which is the lowest level.

In  risk assessment or when a risk is being identified or revisited the likelihood and consequence are measured (based on company policy or method) and assessed. The outcomes of that assessment could be put on that diagram. 

And the risks in the “High Risk Area” you would focus on and need to mitigate. However, that all depends on your organisation and policy around which risks to treat and which not.

However, that chart / diagram and the risks visable on that diagram are a great method to attract attention of the audience you are presenting the risks to.

In Part 2 we will look at the so called “Heat Map” which we have seen in a presentation from Liam Wallace at the conference.

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Torsten J. Koerting

Torsten J. Koerting is a project management-, paragliding- and Outdoor Enthusiast, Consultant, Author of several books and engaged as a speaker at many conferences. As Managing Partner at projectyzer he is specialised in supporting companies and organisations in reinventing their strategy as well as turning projects around that are in trouble. He worked in Europe, US and Australia for more than 20 years for global Blue Chips. He does hold the German and Australian Citizenship and lives with his wife and two kids between Europe and Australia. He is also a certified Bank Clerk, Executive Bachelor and Project Management Professional (PMI) and used to be Board Member of the PMI Queensland Chapter (Australia).


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