How to Create a Risk Register for Projects

Adriana Girdler

A project manager’s complete guide! Have you heard about risk registers in projects but don’t know how to make them or even why they’re so …

A project manager’s complete guide!

Have you heard about risk registers in projects but don’t know how to make them or even why they’re so important?

Risk registers are one of the most critical documents that any successful project requires. So, it’s important for every project manager to know the details about risk registers including what exactly they’re used for, why they’re so important, and how to create one.

So, let’s talk about that!

What is a risk register?

If you’ve done any type of project, you’ll know that risk is guaranteed to happen on projects.

Something you didn’t plan for will always occur. The goal is to not let it derail your project… And that’s where a risk register comes in!

The risk register is a tool that is used to identify potential risks that could occur on the project you’re working on.

When to create a risk register

Lots of people think that it should be done in the middle of the project, but a risk register should actually happen THROUGHOUT the project.

You need to start your risk register at the beginning of the project because you probably already have an idea during the beginning stages of a project about what some potential risks are. As the project progresses, new risks are going to pop up or additional risks to the original ones that you identified.

A risk register is something that you should already have created from the beginning of the project so you can keep it in the back of your mind and ensure that you know how to handle those risks if and when they occur.

How to create a risk register

I’ve created a video that walks you through what a risk register template looks like and how to create one. So, if you need help getting started on that risk register, make sure you head over to YouTube with me to find out how!

Meanwhile, if you really are committed to mastering your next project, do consider taking my SLAY Project Management online course where I show you step-by-step how to successfully manage a project, plus you get access to every template you will need, including a risk register template, along with detailed video instructions on how to fill them out.


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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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