Goal: Identify new risks

Applies to
Microsoft Office Project 2003
Microsoft Office Project Server 2003
Microsoft Project 2000 and 2002

A risk is an event or condition that, if it occurs, might have a negative impact on a project. Risk management is the process of identifying, mitigating, and controlling the known risks in order to increase the likelihood of meeting your project objectives. For example, a bike manufacturer designs a new bike with new composite materials. If the manufacturer isn't sure the new material will stand up to long road rides, the risk of the project being successful and profitable may increase. Developing and implementing a risk strategy to reduce damage and continuing to monitor the project for new risks can help you keep the project on schedule.

 Tip   This article is part of a series of articles that describe a broad set of project management activities. We call these activities "goals" because they are organized around the project management life cycle: Build a plan, track and manage a project, and close a project. The project life cycle is outlined in The Project Map, where you can find a link to an article about each project management goal. Most of the articles include links to supporting information or procedures that you perform in Project or Project Server. These "goal" articles were designed to help you not only use Project but also better understand project management.

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number 1 Identify the high-risk tasks     Examine those tasks that are most likely to take longer than expected, end beyond their finish dates, delay the start or finish of other tasks, or cause the project to finish late.

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Number 2 Identify the budget risks     View and handle those tasks that are over budget, likely to become over budget, or likely to cause the entire project to go over budget.

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Number 3 Identify the resource risks     Your project may be at risk if you are using resources that are highly specialized or only available through limited suppliers, if the resources are not being used efficiently, or if they are working on multiple projects.

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Number 4 Define your risks     After you identify potential risks, you can use Microsoft Office Project Web Access 2003 to capture risk information so you can analyze the impact of risks if they occur.