Why This is Important
There are several reasons why this process goal is important:
- We face many risks. Many risks are addressed within the team, but some risks we’ll need help from outside the team to address. Disciplined teams make risks transparent, making it easier for them to garner the help they need.
- Understanding the level of risk is a critical decision factor for moving forward. The DA life cycles have built in, risk-based milestones as overviewed in Figure 2. At each milestone point there is a go-forward decision made where the current level of risk faced by the team is considered.
- Reducing risk increases our chance of success. Enough said.
- It’s usually better to deal with risks early (in other words, shift risk mitigation left). Risks tend to grow (but not always). If a risk proves to be a problem, it’s better to know that early when we still have time and budget to fix it, or if the risk proves insurmountable, it’s better to cancel or go in a different direction and thereby not waste time and money.
- Risks should be identified, assessed, and addressed appropriately throughout the life cycle.
- DAD teams have a better risk profile compared to Scrum teams, which in turn have a better risk profile than traditional teams.