Surface risks and how the team might mitigate them
Core team, stakeholders
We do this to create a forum where people feel comfortable sharing fears and concerns in order to proactively mitigate issues we think may arise. This session results in a list of prioritized action items that the team can use to get ahead of any risks.
Early in the project, normally during Kick-Off, and again during Inception
There is currently a remote template available in Miro. Here you will find step instructions on how to conduct this practice remotely including general tips and info.
Have the group silently write project risks and obstacles this team may face. One item per sticky note.
Ask each person to select their top 5 risks and obstacles
Split the group into pairs. Ask each pair to plot their risks together on the axes they draw.
Each pair should grab one sheet of paper or section of the digital whiteboard and draw axes:
Instruct each team to choose the top 2 risks from the high risk section that they would like to share out
Ask the teams to brainstorm one (1) mitigation strategy for each of their top 2 risks
Go around the room and have each pair read one (1) risk and one (1) mitigation strategy.
Group similar risks/mitigations into categories. For example, “technical risks”, “business risks”, “product risks”, etc.
Success is when you have a shared understanding of the biggest risks and have a set of actions items to get started with