Summer shorts

Summer's here* which means it's time for a change of pace and a chance to try something different for a couple of months.  So instead of the normal longer-form pieces or interviews, I am going to stick to nice, short pieces for the next month or two.  Perfect, bite-sized risk nibbles to keep your risk … Continue reading Summer shorts

DCDR is live (and free)

Launch day! For about 15 months now, I have been working on a project to build a better piece of risk management software.  This is something I have been thinking about since 2002 and I think now, more than ever, we need - and deserve - a better piece of software for risk management.  (Read … Continue reading DCDR is live (and free)

Risk Management Maturity Tool Update

OK, I confess that this took me a little longer than I had hoped but I finally updated the risk management maturity tool to reflect the 2018 ISO 31000 risk management standard. The new tool is available here and you can read my review of the standard here. So if you were wondering how mature … Continue reading Risk Management Maturity Tool Update

ISO 31000 – a review of the 2018 standard

Yawn! Aside from GDPR-inspired emails with news of updated terms and conditions , this will be the most boring thing you will read all week.... However, it might be one of the more important if you are a risk manager because one of the core risk management references has just been updated and there are … Continue reading ISO 31000 – a review of the 2018 standard

Meet the expert – a conversation with Nick Smart

Risks don't just arise from operational incidents.  Often the conduct of the organization and its senior leaders result in a type of risk that is very different but just as threatening as a large, physical event. In this conversation with Nick Smart we explore the intersection of risk, ethics and governance.  Nick is an independent … Continue reading Meet the expert – a conversation with Nick Smart

10 Tips For Crisis Management

I have been thinking about effective crisis management a lot recently and am working on a more in-depth piece on managing a crisis which I hope to publish soon.  However, crises don't wait until we are properly prepared before they strike so I put together this quick set of suggestions as a stop-gap. Normally, I wouldn't … Continue reading 10 Tips For Crisis Management

Exhibit #A19670174000 – A Reminder to KISS

KISS - keep it simple stupid - was drilled into us in the military and it’s hard to unlearn some things (which is why I make my bed each morning - even in hotels - and always tuck in my shirt) but KISS is more than a tired old army saying.  The more I look … Continue reading Exhibit #A19670174000 – A Reminder to KISS

Geolocations, incident reporting and other features added

I've just added some new features following feedback from the pilot program users.  The geolocations aspect is particularly exciting for me. I have wanted to add this for a long time and I am going to be experimenting with adding mapping to the reporting and dashboard features. Geolocations are enabled Add locations by dropping pins … Continue reading Geolocations, incident reporting and other features added

DCDR Mid-April Update

DCDR risk management software

Suddenly, it's the middle of April, DCDR is live and there are eight users in the system. It's a very security-focussed group but pilot program members span the globe from Asia to West Africa and the USA.  Later today I'm demo-ing the app to someone in Papua New guinea.  Keeping track of timezones is beginning … Continue reading DCDR Mid-April Update

How to…Build a crisis management plan

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The WDYMB…Crisis? article explained what a crisis is and how these can arise but one of the most important points stressed is that crises are often avoidable and in many cases survivable. Ultimately, this might come down to good luck and obviously the skills and abilities of the team responding play a big part. However, … Continue reading How to…Build a crisis management plan