The Program Manager (PM) is responsible for making sure everyone, who is required, on their team has the required risk knowledge to do their job. Training is an important part of this. Getting the program team organized and trained to follow a disciplined, repeatable process for conducting a risk assessment (identification and analysis) is critical, since periodic assessments are needed to support major program decisions during the program life cycle. Experienced teams do not necessarily have to be extensively trained each time an assessment is performed, but a quick review of lessons learned from earlier assessments could avoid false starts.
The program’s risk coordinator, or an outside expert, may train the Risk Integrated Product Teams (IPT), focusing on the program’s Risk Management Plan (RMP), risk strategy, definitions, suggested techniques, documentation, and reporting requirements.
A risk assessment training package for the full team (core team plus Subject Matter Experts) is often very beneficial. This package typically includes the risk assessment process, analysis criteria, documentation requirements, team ground rules, and a program overview. Train the full team together in an integrated manner and the use of a facilitator may be useful.
Risk Management training can be provided by:
- Defense Acquisition University (DAU)
- Outside consultants
- Universities and Colleges
- Risk Management Organizations
AcqLinks and References:
- MIL-STD-882E “Standard Practice for System Safety” – 11 May 2012
- Air Force System Safety Handbook – July 2000
-  DoD Risk Management Guidebook – Section 8.7 – Aug 06