Reducing Project Risk in a Rapidly Changing Project World

Date: 22 April, 2020
Time: 10:00am-11:00am AEST
Registrations close: 21 April, 2020
Format: Webinar – Delivered Online
Price: $45 non-members, $31.50 members incl. GST

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With COVID-19 (coronavirus), the world has begun a phase of unprecedented business uncertainty and project risk.

Overnight, our projects have become more complex and higher-risk than ever before, as if we thought that could be possible just a few months ago.

Understanding the following aspects is a critical factor to the survival of our businesses in these difficult times:

  • that it is human nature to push the boundaries of what is possible in our projects,
  • to maximise project risk levels against organisational capabilities,
  • and to then have something unexpected happen which pushes us way into the death zone of project management

What can we do to mitigate these new risk levels? The answer is a step-change in your business’ risk culture. You cannot solve complexity with more processes. So how do you create the new risk culture that you need?


This webinar by Grant Avery, award-winning author of “Project Management, Denial, and the Death Zone” (JRoss Publishing 2016) will walk us through the following lessons on the reduction of risk in high- risk projects explored in his book:

  • The constancy of project failure, risk homeostasis, the principle of outcome-maximizing, the concept of risk appetite and its application in projects

  • The importance of understanding your organisation’s CORA triangle (new concept) which focuses on achieving balance in the management of Capabilities, Outcomes, and Risk Appetite

  • The importance of neuroleadership to complex, high-risk projects and the management of change

  • The Circle of Project Ethos and the narcissistic and organisational-structural factors in common between Everest climbers and major ICT-EB projects today, including the risks these can create and how to deal with them

  • What does the new step-changed risk culture that your business needs look like?


Award-winning Author Grant Avery

Grant Avery is a leading expert and international speaker on the subject of risk, quality assurance, business cases, and capability maturity models in projects and programs. He is also the Founder and Director of Outcome Insights (O-I), a consulting practice specialising in the review of projects and PMO (Project Management Office) operating practices. Grant has reviewed and authored best management PPM and maturity improvement practices for the British Government and has presented at conferences in Australia, NZ, UK, Europe, and the USA. He was previously Director Project Advisory for KPMG and has over 20 years’ experience managing and reviewing high risk projects.

Earlier in his career, Grant developed a unique perspective on the successful management of project and program risks from the experiences he gained as manager of New Zealand’s Scott Base in Antarctica. Grant’s Antarctic responsibilities included the success of NZ’s winter science program and winter search and rescue activities in the Ross Sea region.

Grant has been a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2001, and has an MBA with Distinction from New Zealand’s Victoria University.


  • Non-ICCPM Members: $45.00 incl. GST
  • ICCPM Members: $31.50 incl. GST


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