Bookshop

Here, are links to Risk Happens! and the books recommended in it for further reading. From time to time, I’ll also add some extra books you might be interested in.

Risk Happens! by Mike Clayton

Risk Happens!
Managing Risk and Avoiding Failure in Business Projects
by Mike Clayton

Mike’s full bookstore is on his website.

Risk Happens! is available from Amazon in paperback or Kindle format,  from the iBookstore, and from all good booksellers – brick or online.

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The books about risk management and related topics listed in Appendix C: Learn More of Risk Happens!

Identifying and Managing Project RiskIdentifying and Managing Project Risk:
Essential Tools for Failure-Proofing Your Project

by Tom Kendrick
This is my favourite book on Project Risk Management.  It has a comprehensive scope at a slightly more technical level than Risk Happens! and uses the Panama Canal as a rolling case study.

Effective Risk ManagementEffective Risk Management: Some Keys to Success
by Edmund H Conrow
Again, more technical than Risk Happens!, this will appeal to experienced project managers who are not afraid of a little maths and some set theory.  It is an excellent book which I wish I’d discovered before writing Risk Happens!
Thank you to the excellent PM blogger Glen Allemann for alerting me to it.

Project Risk ManagementProject Risk Management: Processes, Techniques and Insights
by Chris Chapman and Stephen Wards
This also offers a comprehensive coverage, but is more academic in tone than the previous book and therefore harder to read.
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Management of Risk: Guidance for PractitionersManagement of Risk: Guidance for Practitioners (M_o_R)
Office for Government Commerce, Stationery Office
This is a well-researched resource on Risk Management in all contexts (not specifically in projects), with an emphasis on good governance.  It is an essential reference for anyone working at a high level in the UK public sector.  It was updated in December 2010.

Practice Standard for Project Risk ManagementPractice Standard for Project Risk Management
Project Management Institute (PMI)
The PMI is the US membership body for project managers and their Body of Knowledge (the PMBOK) contains their core curriculum for their Project Management Professional standard.  This Practice Standard extends the PMBOK’s coverage in the Risk Management area.

Against the GodsAgainst the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk
by Peter L Bernstein
Not about project risk at all, but a great read if you want to understand the history of our understanding of risk, from an expert in the financial investment industry.

Reckoning with RiskReckoning with Risk
by Gerd Gigerenzer
This is a popular paperback that will help you understand the statistical nature of risk.  It is filled with compelling examples of the sort of risks we hear about every day in the news.

Risk: The science and politics of fearRisk: The Science and Politics of Fear
by Dan Gardner
Another popular paperback; this one focuses on the psychology of our perceptions of risk, and the impact on the way politics is done.

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Related topics

The Wisdom of CrowdsThe Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many are Smarter than the Few
by James Surowiecki
Essential reading for team problem-solvers and decision-makers; this book shows you how to make wise decisions with a group, rather than dangerous ones.

The Power of IntuitionThe Power of Intuition
by Gary Klein
Gary Klein is one of the foremost experts on business decision-making and this book is filled with fascinating snippets and ideas, including his “pre-mortem” exercise for assessing the risks inherent in a decision.

Brilliant Project Leader by Mike ClaytonBrilliant Project Leader
by Mike Clayton
Focuses on the people aspects of Project Management and uses the same underlying processes as Risk Happens!
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The Handling Resistance PocketbookThe Handling Resistance Pocketbook
by Mike Clayton
Filled with essential tips and techniques for dealing with stakeholder resistance and resistance to change.

The Management Models PocketbookThe Management Models Pocketbook
by Mike Clayton
Three models in here are of particular relevance to risk managers: Tuckman’s model of group development, Adair’s model of team leadership, and Boyd’s OODA Loop.

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Online Resources

Risk Toolkit: How to take care of risk in volunteering: a guide for organisations
The Institute for Volunteering Research and Volunteering England
If you work in the voluntary sector, this is a very helpful pamphlet to get you started.
You can download a pdf from the Volunteering England website.

Shift Happens! Mike Clayton’s blog on change, projects and risk.

For my money, the best Project Management Bloggers on the subject of project risk management are:

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