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Today's Question:
A Project Manager performs earned value analysis and finds the following values:-
earned value     = 100,000;
planned value     = 125,000;
actual costs     = 100,000.        Which of the following is true?

A. The project is on schedule but costs exceed budget.
B. The project is on schedule and on budget.
C. The project is behind schedule but on budget.
D. The project is behind schedule and costs exceed budget.

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Tip of the week**: Add the missing dimensions to project qualitative risk analysis.

Most project management standards advocate performing qualitative risk analysis to prioritise and subsequently address high priority risks. Unfortunately, common risk assessments employ only probability and impact. On their own, these two dimensions are inadequate to analyse project risks qualitatively.
What good is it to know the probability and impact of a risk if we have no clue regarding how easy (or difficult) it is to detect? To better perform qualitative risk analysis, we need to consider all of the factors including:

•    Probability - How likely the uncertain risk is to occur.
•    Impact - How significant the effect of the risk event would be if it actually happened, measured in time, cost and/or safety.
•    Manageability - How easy is it to do something about the risk? We may decide that a medium-probability/medium-impact risk that we can do nothing about is more risky than a high-probability/high-impact risk which is simple to deal with.
•    Proximity - If the risk happens, how soon do we expect that to be? A risk that might happen tomorrow should be treated as more important than one which might not occur until next month or next year.
•    Propinquity - How important is the risk to me personally, or to my team or our business? We are more sensitive to risks that affect us directly, and view risks to others as less important.
•    Urgency - How much time do we have in order to implement an effective response to the risk? If we must act now to address the risk, we should give it higher priority than one where we have longer to respond.
•    Detectability - How easy is the risk to detect as it is emerging? Easy to detect risks are easier to respond to than risks that just ‘happen’ without warning.
•    Relatedness - Is this risk related to other risks? A risk with complex links or dependencies with many other risks should be treated as higher priority than a simple independent risk.

Once the risk is understood, appropriate management actions can be planned and implements. For more on risk assessment, see:   

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