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Defining Terms for Project Management

By colink ·
We are at present reviewing our processes for project management within the company.
We are struggling with the definition of some terms:
Risks - what are they, when do they occur, and how do they differ from:
Assumptions - things that help define the parameters of a project, especially the things the project is not designed to cover (ie out of contract)

Any and all definitions on the Risks and Issues would be appreciated.

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Risks and Assumptions

by mtworek In reply to Defining Terms for Projec ...


Risks are events, which if occur, will have either a negative or positive impact on the project. The risk management process should include: risk identification, risk qualification, risk quantification, risk response, and risk monitoring and control. (see (Guide to PMBOK for more detailed defintiions).


Assumptions are things you believe to be true or real and must validate. (e.g. you assume you have the right staff for the project, which can be validated prior to the project). However, it would not be wise to assume you will not have turnover, since that is a risk event which will have a negative impact on the project and must be mitigated.


Explicit statements which indicate whatwill NOT be provided in the scope of the project. These should not be assumptions, but statements of fact.


Points of concern which must be evaluated and resolved. They may translate into risks once they've been identified and quantified as to their significance.

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