Planning for Project Surprises: Coping with Risk

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Summary:

Whether or not you think your project is plagued with problems, you might need effective risk management to keep you out of trouble. Risk management is similar to performing preventive health care and buying insurance for your project. It involves indetifying potential problems (risks), analyzing those risks, planning to manage them, and reviewing them.

Whether or not you think your project is plagued with problems, you might need effective risk management to keep you out of trouble. Risk management is similar to performing preventive health care and buying insurance for your project. It involves indetifying potential problems (risks), analyzing those risks, planning to manage them, and reviewing them.

About the author

Neil Potter's picture Neil Potter

Neil Potter is co-founder of The Process Group, a company that consults in software engineering process improvement. He has 14 years of experience in software design, engineering, and process management. For six years, Neil was a software design engineer at Texas Instruments, Dallas, developing electronic design automation software. The last two years at TI, he was a manager of a software engineering process group performing consulting within TI in America, England, and India. Consulting included software project planning, risk management, estimation, SEI CMM, and inspection. Neil is an SEI-authorized lead assessor for CBA-IPI process assessments. He has a B.S. in computer science from the University of Essex in England.

About the author

Mary Sakry's picture Mary Sakry

Mary Sakry also is a co-founder of The Process Group. She has 23 years of experience in software development, project management and software process improvement. For 15 years, she was a project manager, and software engineer at Texas Instruments (TI) in Austin, Texas. In 1989, she worked on the Corporate Software Engineering Process Group within TI to lead software process assessments across TI worldwide. Her last two years at TI were spent consulting and educating software developers and managers on software project planning, risk management, estimation, SEI CMM, inspection, and subcontract management. Mary was the first SEI-authorized lead assessor for CBA-IPI process assessments. She has an M.B.A. from St. Edwards University, and a B.S. in computer science from the University of Minnesota.

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