Here, we're going to take you through the various types of Risk you will face on every software project.
In Thinking Risk-First, we saw how Lean Software Development owed its existence to production-line manufacturing techniques developed at Toyota. And we saw that the Waterfall approach originally came from engineering. If Risk-First is anything, it's about applying the techniques of Risk Management to the discipline of Software Development (there's nothing new under the sun, after all).
One key activity of Risk Management we haven't discussed yet is categorizing risks. So, this track of Risk-First is all about developing categories of risks for use in Software Development.
After reading this section of Risk-First, hopefully you will:
- Appreciate the different kinds of risk you face on software projects, and how to identify them.
- Learn a Pattern Language: that is, a vocabulary of terms which you can use for discussing these risks with colleagues.
- Know the main actions you can take to handle each type of risk.
A Pattern Language
Explanation of how Risk-First comprises a pattern language of risk patterns for use in software projects.
The Risk Landscape
A way to think about the risks you face on a software project.
Risks you face when providing features for your clients.
Why is it so hard to be understood?
A lot of advice around constructing software comes back to simplicity. Why?
Risks faced by depending on something else, e.g. an event, process, person, piece of software or an organisation.
Scarcity Risk is about quantities of a dependency, and specifically, not having enough.
What is the point of a deadline? Do they serve a useful purpose?
Software Dependency Risk
Specific dependency risks due to relying on software.
Risks due to the following a particular protocol of communication with a dependency, which may not work out the way we want.
On avoiding mistakes that limit your options later on.
People all have their own agendas. What do you do about that?
What prevents us working as a team? Why are distributed systems so hard?
Map And Territory Risk
Risks due to the differences between reality and the internal model of reality, and the assumption that they are equivalent.
Risks of losses or reputational damage caused by failing processes or real-world events.
Staging and Classifying
Making sense of risks faced by software projects.
Glossary of Risk Types
List of all types of risk discussed in Risk-First.