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Waltzing with Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects by Timothy Lister, Tom DeMarco

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12. Tools and Procedures

Our two purposes in this chapter are (1) to provide you with a handy tool for assessing risks and (2) to give you some grounding in how to make use of it. The tool, called RISKOLOGY, is freely downloadable from our Website (http://www.systemsguild.com/riskology). It’s a risk model in the sense described in the previous chapter. The tool is meant to be used in conjunction with your own production model or parametric estimator. Our tool will not estimate how long your project will take; all it will do is tell you how much uncertainty ought to be associated with whatever estimate you come up with.

The model is presented in the form of a spreadsheet. It comes with the logic needed to work with a set of quantified risks, as ...

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