When you are undertaking a quality improvement project it is important to have a systematic approach towards risk management.
PRINCE2 defines a risk as ‘an uncertain event that, should it occur, will have an effect on the achievement of objectives’.
In order to help make your project successful risks need to be identified, assessed and controlled.
Risks are recorded in a Risk Register which should be frequently reviewed to ensure that the risks are being appropriately managed. Significant risks should be communicated to the Project Sponsor and the Project Board as part of the regular progress reporting process.
The Risk Register is often part of the same document as the Issue Log. A risk may turn into an issue if the conditions which give rise to the risk occur, and the mitigating actions which were identified as part of the risk management approach may also be appropriate to address issues.
Depending on the size or complexity of your project you may decide that a formal Risk Register is not required. However, if a formal register is not maintained it is still important to be aware of any risks so that corrective action can be taken.
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