Radical Risk Identification, moving Risk Management into the 21st Century

Radical Risk Identification, moving Risk Management into the 21st Century


Laurie Wiggins

CEO and Founder
Sysenex Inc.

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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The PMBOK defines risk as ‘an uncertain event or condition that, if it occurs, has a positive or negative effect on one or more project objectives such as scope, schedule, cost or quality’. Known and unknown risks can impact projects significantly if not addressed. If risks are not identified, they cannot be addressed. If a risk costs $1000 to address early in a project, studies show that cost can increase to $300,000-$500,000 later in the project when hardware, software or both must be modified. Program risk identification is usually an ad hoc, non-comprehensive exercise. An extensive analysis of hundreds of programs has revealed a common set of program risks. By evaluating projects with a standard, comprehensive set of risks, projects can significantly reduce the monies required to address known and unknown risks.
Event Location

Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport
1999 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Arlington, VA, 22202

PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs

Event Keywords

Soft Skills


Effective communication, in general: audience, media / message, attention vs. "noise", etc.

Hard Skills

Resource Problem Solving

"War stories" in successfully working through severe resource constraints

Industry / Sector


Federal, state, local or tribal government entities / Contractor for such entities

About the Speakers

Laurie Wiggins

Sysenex Inc.
CEO and Founder

Laurie Wiggins is the CEO and Founder of Sysenex Incorporated, a systems engineering company. She led her company in the development of Program Risk ID, a first to market risk identification software capability for product and service development and modification. An entrepreneur and an engineer, she has established two other companies including a space payload services firm, ToSpace Inc. and was a co-founder of New Leaf Global, an environmental company.

Ms. Wiggins has 28 years of experience in engineering and business development. As a systems engineer, formerly with The Boeing Company, she has experience on several successful development programs including Space Station Freedom, the Sea Launch launch vehicle and satellite accommodations, flown space experiments, Next Generation US air traffic control systems and software development. She has worked with the National Geographic Society and World Vision International on strategic planning for carbon credit programs. She has assisted numerous clients in obtaining new business via proposal writing. Ms. Wiggins is a consultant to firms in the aerospace and IT industries resulting in a broad experience base. Her strategic systems perspective enables her unique problem identification and solution skills, and enhances her ability to bring seemingly disparate elements together to create innovative solutions. In addition to her technical skills, she has a solid business perspective focused on customer satisfaction.

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