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The Project Management Answer Book, 2nd Edition by Jeff Furman

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CHAPTER 8Controlling Risks on Your Projects

To strike a blow is to light a fuse.

–Frank Bruni, New York Times, September 15, 20131

Before a key meeting with your stakeholders, do you make a backup copy of your presentation on a flash-drive, and then email yourself a second backup just in case? On top of that, do you take a trip to the meeting room in advance to test the file and make sure your slides display properly on the projector, and all your URLs come up with the proper graphics and colors?

If so, the risk management discipline is right up your alley. But if not, that’s all the more reason you will find this area a great opportunity to increase your project success.

Risk management means doing everything you can to expect the unexpected ...

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