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Getting It Done: Project Management in Action by Project Management Institute

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Risks Aren't Always Negative

Planning for positive risks means you're in position to take advantage of opportunities.

Christian Bisson, PMP

The word “risks” carries a negative connotation, which is why project managers tend to believe risks should be mitigated or avoided as much as possible. But that common belief means you may be missing out on opportunities.

A negative risk is a threat, and when it occurs, it becomes an issue. However, a risk can be positive by providing an opportunity for your project and organization.

This is critical to consider when registering your risks.

Let's say your organization is rolling out a new website; an example of a positive risk would be having too many visitors. A large amount of site traffic would be ...

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