Hey there! I'm Harry.
Some have asked me how I became a risk management professional. I wish I could say that I had some grand vision and a clear strategy early in my career. That’s not how it happened at all. Rather, I stumbled into risk management.
At one point in my career, I was managing an enterprise PMO and we were implementing new core systems. It was the largest, most expensive, and most risky endeavor this company had ever undertaken. Frankly, we were having problems. We had to do a better job of managing our risks.
So, I dug deeper into Chapter 11 – Project Risk Management of the PMBOK® Guide. As we improved our risk management processes, things started to improve. It wasn’t perfect, but it was much better.
After we implemented the new core systems, my company decided to shut down the PMO. At the same time, they were implementing a new Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) program. When opportunity knocked, I was prepared to answer and landed the job.
I decided to strengthen my risk management knowledge and skills further with the PMI-RMP® credential. There were many obstacles in my path.
First, I was terribly busy and already felt like I was not spending enough time with my family. And second, I did not know where to start. What books should I study? How could I ensure that my study time was effective? What steps did I need to take to pass the PMI-RMP® exam the first time?
Yes, I passed! However, I spent too much time on certain topics and not enough time on others. If I had to do it again, I would take a different approach. One resulting in greater confidence with less effort and time.
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