What is the worst risk?

This is a question I ask people when I’m doing financial training.

The answer is “The one you do not know about“.

In finance we prepare a P&L Explanation. The P&L explanation attributes all P&L to an identified risk or change to a trade. Any unexplained P&L could indicate a risk that is not known. Unexplained risk is then investigated by the Risk Management team.

The same is true of IT projects. The worst risk is the one you do not know about. It is the risk you are not hedging or even managing.

If there is an aspect of your project that you do not understand, and that no one is monitoring from a risk perspective, you may have the worst kind of risk on your project.

The first step in IT Risk Management is identifying a risk.

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About theitriskmanager

A IT programme manager specialising in delivering trading and risk management systems in Investment Banks. I achieve this by focusing on risk rather than cost. A focus on costs can lead to increased costs. View all posts by theitriskmanager

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