Many organisations have spent small fortunes to set up risk processes and supporting tools which then fail to deliver the expected value. This is because rational processes don't work well when trying to get groups of people to agree what is risky, why and what to do about it.
If you need to make sound decisions in important but risky situations; work with groups to identify, prioritise and respond to risks, deliver value and, along the way, ensure the credibility of the process and the resilience of your organisation, A Short Guide to Facilitating Risk Management is for you. It sets out a very practical approach to how the risk management process can deliver value through effective facilitation. It brings together Ruth Murray-Webster's expertise in the human aspects of risk and risk attitude and Penny Pullan's wide experience of the facilitation of project workshops to cover five main areas:
This book is illustrated with practical examples from the authors' experience and their findings from interviews and surveys to help you get the best from your groups when they're working together, both face-to-face and virtually.
'Risk meetings don’t have to be boring: A Short Guide to Facilitating Risk Management is the book that risk managers have been waiting for. It provides practical guidance on facilitating risk workshops, and making risk management happen outside of the workshop setting as well. Dotted throughout with cartoons, the emphasis is on practical guidance for getting things done without suffocating those poor souls who have to attend risk reviews. The book provides a clear introduction to tackling risk (including opportunities) in a fun, professional way, with the aim of gaining consensus. It’s pragmatic and practical, with real-life examples to show how risk management can become ingrained in the day-to-day management of initiatives in your organisation.' - Elizabeth Harrin, author of Project Management in the Real World and Head of IT Programme Delivery, Spire Healthcare
'The book makes a compelling case for the role of a risk management facilitator, to ease the operation of risk management processes by enthusing and engaging people, and by maintaining continued ownership and accountability until the risks have been closed.' John Greenwood
'There are a number of useful tools and techniques in the book and the accompanying website which could really benefit workshop facilitators…I found the "tried and tested tips" section to be the most useful, where the writers share their extensive knowledge and experience with the reader. Overall, the book was really thought-provoking, particularly the argument for keeping the assessment of risk impact separate from the assessment of probability.’ Mark Braham, MCQI CQP, Quality Assurance Manager, the AA
'…The authors draw on their considerable experience of running risk workshops, and offer some really good advice, especially in the section dealing with pitfalls…The book is written in a breezy, chatty and conversational style…’ Health and Safety at Work Magazine
What is risk management?
The risk facilitator
Facilitating the risk management process
Potential pitfalls and how to overcome them
Ten golden guidelines for the risk facilitator