Managing Software Project Risk


Course Details


Risk is usually one of the last areas addressed (if addressed at all) in the software development process. Many projects are undertaken without a solid base of understanding for making informed decisions by consciously assessing what can go wrong and the resultant impact. Consequently, no forethought has been given to contingencies when the inevitable does happen (e.g. scope of the project changes, time frame for development and/or testing are drastically slashed, new technology is engaged for the first time, etc.).

If for no other reason than to avert “crisis management” or to comply with government standards or regulations, organizations need to adopt a risk management strategy. One of the best areas for addressing the issue is at the beginning of the software development process. A good risk management program has significant “bottom line” benefits.

You will leave this two-day program with several risk assessment instruments that can be customized to your organization, and you will have a list of the best metrics to use for assessing and managing risks.

Finally, through a combination of class lecture and case study, you should be prepared to address risk management throughout the software development process including requirements and testing and should feel competent to adequately address the need for risk management with senior managers.

Course Outline

  • Understanding Risk Assessment and Risk Management
  • Defining Risk and Classifying Types of Risk
  • Understanding Where Risks Come From
  • Incorporating Risk Management into Software Project Management
  • Identifying Risks and Communicating about Risks
  • Analyzing and Making Decisions on Risk Assessment
  • Addressing Risk in Software Testing
  • Taking Action and Tracking and Controlling Risks
  • Selling the Benefits of Risk Management to Executives and Others

Who Should Attend

Individuals with responsibilities such as:

  • QA Analysts
  • QA Managers
  • IT Managers
  • Customers/Users
  • Project Leaders
  • Business Analysts


Schedule & Registration


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