Risk Management in Programs & Projects – Contemporary Best Practices in Project Management

Risk Management in Programs & Projects – Contemporary Best Practices in Project Management


Mark Kozak-Holland, PhD, PMP, IPMA-D


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About the Seminar

In this advanced seminar, we examine risks within the risk life-cycle as it pertains to the “program” and its relationship to projects. This interactive seminar analyses the use of risk management in a range of different scenarios, case studies, and where projects become steadily more unpredictable and riskier.

The seminar focuses on one case study, a program with multiple projects, and follows the event-and-decision timeline. The goal of risk management at a program level is to maximize the probability that the program meets its strategic goals and objectives. Through exercises the seminar examines:

  • The changing risk profile of the project(s) as they turn into a failing situation and then a complete crisis.
  • The opportunities (positives) and threats (negatives), for the client and supplier, and the dynamic and changing relationship between them.
  • Risk from a number of perspectives (operational, performance, finance, social, (community, sustainability, etc.)) and determines where to focus attention on with the aim not to eliminate risk but to minimize the adverse effects of risks on the program/project objectives.
  • Best practices that you can carry forward into your current projects and use.

Through exercises and video samples the workshop attendees, working in groups, will be given a chance to use their skills to analyze core problems within the projects, play out what if scenario, and discuss the significance of risk management in these projects. The analysis allows attendees to draw out patterns, techniques, and make comparatives to today’s projects.

The workshop draws out the case study lessons for a project audience and explains how to apply these lessons to a program/project. It shows how:

  • You can use risk management to address uncertainty and unpredictable situations in your projects.
  • You can manage risks in the risk life-cycle in both proactive and reactive scenarios and in different project situations.
  • You can readily describe the fundamentals of risk management in programs and projects, and the relationship between the two.
  • You can apply risk management techniques and approaches in your programs and projects.

Entertaining and full of intriguing historical details, the workshop helps business and project practitioners see how risk management can be better used.

Event Location

Spring Valley Building, room 401, American University
4801 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC, 20016

Agenda and Cost:

8:00 AM - Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM - Seminar Begins
4:30 PM - Seminar Ends

(Fee includes seminar, materials, breakfast, and lunch)
$450.00 - Member Registration
$499.00 - Nonmember Registration

Special Instructions

Cancellations will only result in a refund if made 48 hours or more to the start of the event.

PDUs Available: 
7.00 PDUs for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category: 
Leadership 3 PDU, Strategic and Business Management 3 PDU, Technical 1

About the Speakers

Mark Kozak-Holland, PhD, PMP, IPMA-D


Titanic Lessons for business is from the “Lessons from History” series. As the author behind the series, Mark Kozak-Holland brings years of experience as a consultant who helps Fortune-500 companies formulate projects that leverage emerging technologies. Since 1985 he has been straddling the business and IT worlds making these projects happen. He is a PMP, certified business consultant, the author of several books, and a noted speaker.

Mark has always been interested in tracing the evolution of technology and the 3 industrial revolutions of the last 300 years. Whilst recovering a failed Financial Services project he first used the Titanic analogy to explain to project executives why the project had failed. The project recovery was going to take 2 years and $8m cost versus the original $2m cost and 1 year duration. As a historian, Mark seeks out the wisdom of the past to help others avoid repeating mistakes and to capture time-proven techniques. His lectures on the Titanic project have been very popular at gatherings of project managers and CIOs.

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