Monday, March 21, 2011

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” Fred R. Barnyard

I’m a visual person and a lazy reader with not a lot of spare time in my life. Perhaps you are also. If so, I’m writing this book for you.

If you wanted an illustration for example about different risk perceptions, have a look at this construction worker squatting on a beam 20 feet up in the air, while chipping away at it. Not worrying enough that there is someone working directly below, he is also not wearing eye protection, footwear or fall arrest equipment. The 'best part'(?) is that he is happily belting away on the only attached section of the beam...   And no, I didn't have to go hunting far for this picture. I just took it from on the verandah of my flat in Cambodia.

Wherever possible, I’ll use a graphic, a table or a callout box to summarize information and in few places put in some key examples, extraneous but interesting additional information and general implementation tips. Hopefully this will make your journey through the book quicker and easier.

Here are a few that I've already written but let me know if you'd like to see any other concepts illustrated with a diagram.

List of Tables
Table 1: Example PESTLE Analysis Table
Table 2: Examples of Sources of Risk Facing an Organization
Table 3: Examples of common sources of risk
Table 4: Example of how to document a complex risk
Table 5: Risk Analysis Techniques
Table 6: Qualitative versus Quantitative Analysis
Table 7: Example risk consequence descriptors
Table 8: Example risk likelihood descriptors 99
Table 9: Talbot's Top Ten Tips for Presenting Risk Assessments
Table 10: Finance Security Activities
Table 11: Common Cost and Risk Drivers in Procurement
Table 12: Talbot’s Top Ten Tips for Picking an SME

List of Figures
Figure 1: Risk Informed Decision Making
Figure 2: Relationship between Principles, Framework and Process (Source: ISO31000)
Figure 4: ISO31000 Risk Management Process
Figure 5: How People Interpret Natural Frequencies vs. Probabilities
Figure 6: Example Risk Matrix
Figure 9: Risk Bubble Chart
Figure 10: Example of risk matrix used to present complex data
Figure 11: Risk Drivers and Total Cost of Ownership

List of Examples
Example 1: Linking Risk Management to Value Creation
Example 2: Demonstrating Mandate and Commitment
Example 3: Risk Management Policy
Example 4: XYZ Risk Assessment Report - Introduction
Example 5: Presentation of Risk Information in Natural Frequencies
Example 6: XYZ Risk Assessment Report - Communication and Consultation
Example 7: XYZ Risk Assessment Report - External Context
Example 8: XYZ Risk Assessment Report - Internal Context
Example 9: Example of Control Adequacy Rating System
Example 10: Positive Outcomes from Negative Risks
Example 11: Applying the Eight Step Risk Treatment Development Process

List of Additional Information and Other Research
Additional Information 1: Emotions Drive Risk Decisions
Additional Information 2: Human Factor Analysis and Classification
Additional Information 3: Keeping it Iterative and Dynamic

List of Implementation Tips
Implementation Tip 1: Being Transparent and Inclusive
Implementation Tip 2: Mandate and Commitment
Implementation Tip 3: Assessing the current situation
Implementation Tip 4: Facilitating a Risk Workshop
Implementation Tip 5: CASE - Writing a Watertight Risk Statement
Implementation Tip 6: The Art and Adventure of Writing a Risk Treatment
Implementation Tip 7:  Eight Step Risk Treatment Development

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