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Risk Management: Creative Risk Identification

Craig Schwarze _ProjectBalm_
Marketplace Partner
Marketplace Partners provide apps and integrations available on the Atlassian Marketplace that extend the power of Atlassian products.
Mar 19, 2023

Risk identification is a critical component of risk management—after all, you cannot manage a risk if you don't know what it is. Various techniques exist for identifying potential risks, including brainstorming, interviews, questionnaires, SWOT analysis, and root cause analysis. One limitation of these traditional techniques is that they usually emphasize a team member's prior knowledge of similar situations, which can result in a narrow focus on the same risks and challenges in every project.   

What should we do about it? Some risk practitioners have found that creative, imagination-based techniques can help identify risk beyond what is apparent from previous experiences. We'll explain three of these techniques here: role-playing, reverse brainstorming, and random stimulus. 

Our first creative technique for identifying risks is role-playing. This method involves participants taking on different roles within the stakeholder group to explore risks from various perspectives. For example, a programmer might pretend to be the CEO and suggest risks based on that viewpoint. This exercise encourages team members to engage in lateral thinking and gives them permission to propose ideas outside their expertise. 

Our second creative technique is reverse brainstorming. This method involves imagining the worst-case scenarios for the project and working backward to identify the risks that could lead to those outcomes. For example, the facilitator proposes that the project finished 200% over budget and challenges the working group to devise a plausible explanation. Approaching the problem "in reverse" stimulates fresh ways of engaging with the situation. This technique can be particularly effective in identifying risks that may take time to be apparent. 

Our final creative technique is random stimulus. This method uses a random word, phrase, or image to trigger new ideas and perspectives on potential risks. For example, the team can generate a random word or phrase, such as "ocean" or "the sky's the limit," and brainstorm potential risks associated with that word or phrase. This method can help team members break their habitual thinking patterns and generate new ideas. 

These creative techniques can be an effective way of identifying risks and fostering innovation. They are especially recommended when you find yourself recording the same half-dozen risks for every project. By encouraging imaginative thinking, these techniques allow teams to consider a broader range of issues and develop more innovative mitigation strategies. This naturally leads to improved risk management outcomes and contributes to the overall success of your project or business.

Risk Register by ProjectBalm

Recording your newly identified risks is much easier with a suitable tool, which is one reason we created Risk Register by ProjectBalm.

Our goal was to automate best practice risk management techniques, and do so via an elegant, usable interface that works with you, and not against you. Risk Register will help you to identify, analyse, treat and monitor risks more easily and effectively than ever before.

If you are experienced at risk management, you will find in Risk Register a tool that works the way you want it to work. If you are new to risk management, our documentation and videos will take you through the whole risk management process, giving lots of useful examples.

Risk Register is fully compatible with risk management standards such as ISO 31000, and can also be used for governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) programs such as Sarbanes-Oxley and PCI.

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Over the last few years, we've grown to become the most popular risk management solution in the Jira marketplace and we are now an Atlassian Platinum Partner. Why not try out Risk Register for yourself?



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