Agile Dev East 2017 Tutorial: Risk Management—for Adults


Monday, November 6, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Risk Management—for Adults

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“We’ll deal with that … if and when it happens.” Most of us are good at risk management in our personal lives, so why can’t we handle risk management well in the office? Our work is full of risk, uncertainty, assumptions, and expectations. Decisions often have to be made with only limited information. We have to deal with all of this. And if we don’t manage our risk at work, time will. To actually practice risk management, Tim Lister introduces his Hurricane Model of Uncertainty. He explains his favorite way of performing risk analysis and risk assessment, discusses why estimation is a key to sound risk management, and shares why estimation has to be completely divorced from goal setting. Finally, Tim examines how you can eventually convert risk management into “business as usual” in your organization. Join Tim to see how you can improve your risk management in the office setting.

Tim Lister
Atlantic Systems Guild, Inc.

Tim Lister is a software consultant at the Atlantic Systems Guild, Inc. where he divides his time between consulting, teaching, and writing. Tim is a coauthor with his Guild partners of Adrenalin Junkies and Template Zombies: Understanding Patterns of Project Behavior. With Tom DeMarco he coauthored Waltzing With Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects. Both books won Software Development magazine’s Jolt Award as General Computing Book of the Year. Tim and Tom also coauthored the classic Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams, 3rd Edition. A member of the Cutter IT Trends Council, Tim is a Cutter Fellow, member of the ACM, and a Lifetime member of the IEEE. A panelist for the American Arbitration Association, he arbitrates disputes involving software and software services, and occasionally serves as an expert witness.