A strong connection of Assumptions, Constrains and Risk Management

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Hello to everyone,

during the “Identify Risks” process the Risk Team is trying to find Threats and Opportunities concerning the Project using a number of Tools & Techniques (see previous post). The result of the all effort is to fill the Risk Register by using the “Metalanguage form” or the “Cause-Risk-Effect Format” as is mentioned in PMBOK and Practice Standard for Risk Management both by PMI.


So how you will find the “Causes” of Risks?

A good way to Start is by reading carefully 2 papers that you already have in hand during that stage: The Project Charter and The Scope Statement! Both of them are containing the Constrains and Assumptions of your Project.

In pages 76 & 77 of “Practice Standard for Risk Management” by PMI you can find the following guide about dealing with Assumptions and Constrains:

Assumptions and Constraints Analysis
This technique requires three steps:
1. List assumptions and constraints for the project
2. Test assumptions and constraints by asking two questions:
     a. Could the assumption/constraint be false?
     b. If it were false, would one or more project objectives be affected (positively or negatively)?
3. Where both questions are answered “Yes”, generate a risk, for example in the form:
<Assumption/constraint> may prove false, leading to <effect on objective(s)>.
The results can be documented in table form, as shown in below table:


Assumptions Constrains

A good friend and respectful Risk Manager Miss Neetu Verm (Management Consultant and Corporate Trainer) posted a great article about how to deal with Assumptions check it in the following link:

“Assumptions ,Assumptions Analysis and Assumptions Testing”

Check out also:

a. Beginning of the 6th PMI-RMP® online Prep course March-April 2016

b. Opinions of participants 

RMP επιτυχίες 2014-2015

Get informed for our new courses at :


a. PMBOK & Practice Standard for Risk Management by PMI.org

b. Neetu Verma, MBA,PMP®,PMI-ACP®,PMI-RMP®

Note: “PMI”, “PMP”, and “PMBOK Guide” are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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