Risk Management Steps in Software Engineering

Risk Management is an important part in project planning activities. It involves identifying and estimating the probability of risks with their order of impact on the project.

Risk Management Steps:
There are some steps which need to be followed in order to reduce risk. These steps are as follows:

1. Risk Identification:
Risk identification involves brainstorming activities. it also involves preparation of risk list. Brainstorming is a group discussion technique where all the stakeholders meet together. this technique produces new ideas and promote creative thinking.

Preparation of risk list involves identification of risks that is occurring continuously in previous software projects.

2. Risk Analysis and Prioritization:
It is a process which consist of following steps:

  • Identifying the problems causing risk in projects
  • Identifying the probability of occurrence of problem
  • Identifying the impact of problem
  • Assigning values to step 2 and step 3 in the range of 1 to 10
  • Calculate the risk exposure factor which is product of values of step 2 and step 3
  • Prepare a table consisting of all the values and order risk on the basis of risk exposure factor

For example,

TABLE (Required)

Risk No Problem Probability of occurrence of problem Impact of problem Risk exposure Priority
R1 Issue of incorrect password 2 2 4 10
R2 Testing reveals lot of defects 1 9 9 7
R3 Design is not robust 2 7 14 5

3. Risk Avoidance and Mitigation:
The purpose of this technique is to altogether eliminate the occurrence of risks. so the method to avoid risks is to reduce the scope of projects by removing non-essential requirements.

4. Risk Monitoring:
In this technique risk is monitored continuously by reevaluating the risks, the impact of risk and probability of occurrence of risk.
This ensures that:

  • Risk have been reduced
  • New risk are discovered
  • Impact and magnitude of risk are measured

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