All projects, even ISO 9000 projects, are not without risks. As with other projects, these risks, or vulnerabilities, can lay waste to the best plans. The project manager who performs a risk assessment can determine where some of the vulnerabilities may occur and adjust the estimates, schedules, and resource allocations accordingly. Doing a risk assessment enables the project manager to effectively control the project. Some common risks facing an ISO 9000 project include:

■ Failing to agree upon what is an acceptable level of defects

■ Failing to follow a standardized audit process

■ Failing to receive ISO 9000 certification

■ Lacking "buy-in" from key project participants

■ Lacking senior management support or commitment

■ Not agreeing upon a measurement criteria

■ Not identifying a process owner

■ Using an ill-defined criterion for benchmarking

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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