Add a risk to a project

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Risks are things that can impact a project’s schedule, and that you’re aware of when the project is planned. These may be things like an upcoming personnel change, or a tight turnaround time on a particular deliverable. By planning for a project’s risks ahead of time, project managers are better able to manage the project schedule.

Want to add a risk to a project?

If the risk isn't specific to any one task, simply add it to the project site.

  1. Click Projects on the Quick Launch.

    Projects on the Quick Launch

  2. Click the name of a project in the list.

    Project Center

  3. Click Project Site on the Quick Launch.

    Project Site on the Quick Launch

  4. Click Risks on the Quick Launch.

    Risks on the Quick Launch

  5. Click New Item.

    New Item

  6. Add information about the risk, including as many details as you can.

    Risks form

    The Probability, Impact (which is a general score, in comparison with other risks), and Cost of the risk help the project manager understand the risk, at a glance.

    Probability, Impact, and Cost

    The Description should cover why the risk is a possibility, and what will happen if it occurs.


    The Mitigation Plan is what you need to do to try to avoid the risk occurring.

    Mitigation Plan

    The Contingency Plan is what you’re going to do if the risk actually does occur.

    Contingency Plan

    The Trigger Description and Trigger are the things that will happen that will indicate when the risk is occurring, and when you need to put the contingency plan into action.

    Trigger Description and Trigger

  7. When you’re done, click Edit > Save.


Want to link this risk to a specific task?

After you've initially saved the risk, you can go back in and link it to a specific task, or to multiple tasks. The risk may be related to specific tasks in the project, and by linking the risk to these tasks, you give yourself a reminder of where you need to keep an eye on things.

  1. Click the name of the risk in the list, to view it.

    Click the risk in the Title column

  2. In the lower-right portion of the page, click Add Related Item.

    Add Related Item

  3. On the left side of the box, under the name of your project, click Tasks.

    Click Tasks under your project name

  4. On the right side of the box, click the row for the specific task you want to link the risk to.

    Click a task row

  5. Click Insert to link the risk to the task.

    Click Insert

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You may also find it helpful to post your questions and issues on a discussion forum. The Project discussion forums tend to be very active, which make them a great resource for finding others who may have worked through similar issues, or encountered the same situation.

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