Why I use a static and a dynamic phase in a risk management approach?

This article is a rewrite of an article I originally wrote about six years ago on a now discontinued blog aptly titled “complexity risk management”. I am reviewing a paper on risk management and felt it relevant to update this post as an additional comment to one of my review points. Whenever I speak about … Continue reading Why I use a static and a dynamic phase in a risk management approach?

Risk management maturity – moving beyond risk registers?

An interesting article on risk register obsolescence I recently read this article by Michael Werneburg which was subsequently updated here. The article deals with the evolution of risk management in organisations beyond the use of risk registers into a risk mature organisation. It restates and reiterates a number of points that have been made by … Continue reading Risk management maturity – moving beyond risk registers?

Looking back – Risk management in the Belgian federal public sector

I wrote this article in 2012 for a foreign speaking engagement. It gives a short overview of risk management evolution in the Belgian federal government. When speaking about risk management, many people assume that the main drive started in 2004, after the publication of the long awaited COSO ERM. Quite often, public sector practices tend … Continue reading Looking back – Risk management in the Belgian federal public sector

Too few risks are identified, too many are managed

We don't want to know what can go wrong When I'm looking at a risk management implementation from an audit point of view, I often worry about two fundamentally opposite problems. On the one hand, I note that quite often the risk identification exercise is not conducted to ensure completeness. Often heard excuses are: "we … Continue reading Too few risks are identified, too many are managed

Risk and contextual limitations

The risk management context often lacks clear boundaries One of the challenges of risk management is that its context is for all practical purposes unlimited. Risk management is about dealing with all the potential risks an organization can be exposed to, covers the entire scope of activities of that organization and all activities deemed relevant … Continue reading Risk and contextual limitations