Risk Identification (PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition)

Existing project managers pursuing certification in recognition of their skills and experience, or others training to become accredited project managers


Expected Duration
65 minutes

Since every project faces some degree of risk, good project management involves a thorough investigation into all potential risks that may impact the project throughout its life cycle. Identifying potential risks and their causes and impacts can mean the difference between a project that reaches a successful conclusion and one that does not. In this course, learners will continue to learn about processes within the Project Risk Management Knowledge Area. It covers the best practices outlined in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition published by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). Specifically, learners will be introduced to the second of the six risk management processes: Identify Risks. The course covers many risk identification methods including group information gathering techniques, diagramming techniques, and SWOT analysis. The results of these methods are compiled in the risk register, which is also covered in detail. This course provides a foundational knowledge base reflecting the most up-to-date project management information so learners can effectively put principles to work at their own organizations. This course will assist in preparing the learner for the PMI® certification exam. This course is aligned with the PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition, published by PMI®, Inc., 2013. Copyright and all rights reserved. Material from this publication has been reproduced with the permission of PMI®.


Identifying Project Risks

  • identify the inputs to the Identify Risks process
  • identify activities that should be part of a documentation review to identify project risks
  • identify guidelines for conducting a brainstorming session to identify project risks
  • recognize when interviewing is a good method for gathering risk information
  • describe the process for using the Delphi technique
  • match types of causes of project risk with examples
  • categorize items that would be used to perform a SWOT analysis
  • identify the questions that would be asked during an assumptions analysis
  • identify the two documents that are used to complete a risk checklist analysis
  • recognize examples of the contents of a risk register
  • demonstrate your understanding of the Identify Risks process





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