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Dr David Hillson, The Risk Doctor

Dr David Hillson is The Risk Doctor, and he leads The Risk Doctor Partnership. He is recognised internationally as a leading thinker and expert practitioner in risk management. He writes and speaks widely on the topic, with eleven major books and many papers on risk.
David has received multiple awards for his work in developing risk management over many years, including being recognised as the inaugural “Risk Personality of the Year" (2010-11) by the Institute of Risk Management (IRM). He has received honorary fellowships from the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and the UK Association for Project Management (APM), and he has been elected as a Fellow of the IRM, the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Session title: Managing risk in complex mega-projects: "Mission Impossible"?

Synopsis: Projects exist to deliver change and benefits, and as the pace of change accelerates, projects are becoming larger and more complex. For many project managers tasked with delivering these complex mega-projects, the challenge seems like Mission Impossible. Both the project context and project content introduce high levels of risk, making failure more likely than success.
Given the inherently risky nature of today’s projects, effective risk management has never been more important. This presentation shows how the future focus of risk management makes it the ideal way to turn Mission Impossible into Mission Accomplished.
Using a “futures thinking” approach allows us to understand the scope of Possible Futures, assess which of these are Probable Futures, and determine our Preferred Future. We can then take proactive decisions and actions to change the future by managing risk, giving our projects the best chance to succeed.

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