Leadership, governance and risk management for research projects
It’s research, things aren’t going to go exactly as planned. The questions are who decides what to change, and how and when will they do that? This hands-on workshop begins with a brief presentation of the trade-offs that must be made under the triple constraint of project management – scope, schedule and budget. For example, that you cannot double the number of deliverables without affecting the time and/or cost it will take to complete the work. We’ll then have a live facilitated session to identify participants’ views on the important negative risks that can affect research projects and discuss ways that those risks can be managed. There will be a seminar on different types of governance and decision-making bodies, and the workshop will conclude with a hands-on simulated decision-making exercise.
By the end of the session participants will be able to:
• Recognize that people leading research projects sometimes need to make trade-offs between scope, schedule and budget.
• Describe important risks that can negatively affect research projects and be able to develop risk responses for those risks.
• Understand governance bodies including the roles and benefits that can come from having one or more of: a Research Executive Team, an Executive Sponsor, a Steering Committee or and Advisory Committee.
• Establish and implement a process that allows a research team or governance body to come to a decision in cases where there isn’t immediate consensus among members.
Maximum number of participants: room maximum.
Participants should bring a mobile phone or computer to participate in online polling.