31 August 2012

The Only Good Risk Register Is An Empty Risk Register

By Mark Powell

Have you ever seen a risk register with 500 or more risks on it? It seems that these days a lot of projects have huge risk registers. How does this happen?

Most people believe that this is natural for a large and complex project.

A good friend recently described a proposal for the California High Speed Train that would go from San Diego to San Francisco and Sacramento. His pre-project draft risk register covered everything from track, signals, routes, station interchanges, software, train sets, health and safety, Environment, etc., and it was huge. Well, that, of course, is no surprise; it is one big, complex, project!

18 August 2012

The Book is Done

It's taken way longer than I thought it would, but I've finally got The Art of the Plan written and published. The e-book version is available from Smashwords in all the useful formats.

The printed version is still in process. I'm guessing early September for release.

The book covers most of the topics I've been writing about in The Art of the Plan blog – from identifying crystal-clear objectives and requirements through to modeling and simulation using Probability Management techniques to produce realistic project plans. There's an Excel workbook loaded with examples to go with it and, of course, it uses SDXL.