Chapter 8. Identifying and Managing Risks

Some projects never reach a successful conclusion because of failure to identify or mitigate specific risks. As software projects grow in size and complexity, project managers must be aggressive in identifying and dealing with these risks. This suggests that a comprehensive approach must be taken for each project.

To meet this challenge, I recommend taking a proactive approach to identifying the risks. On small to medium-sized projects, the project manager usually leads this effort. Large projects may have a dedicated risk manager role for this purpose.

Complicating any risk management strategy is the fact that risks can come from nearly any source. The following are some examples of sources of risk on ...

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