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Rethinking Risk Management: Embracing Opportunities in the Safran Risk Register

February 20, 2024 |   | 
2 minutes read
Mark Turner

Mark Turner

What's wrong with the conventional approach? 

In the evolving landscape of project management, the conventional approach to risk management often falls short of recognizing the full spectrum of challenges and opportunities that projects face.

Traditionally, risk management has been synonymous with mitigating adverse outcomes. However, it's time to expand this view and integrate opportunity management into the risk register, particularly when utilizing tools like Safran Risk Manager.

This Blog will delve into the common pitfalls of traditional risk management, propose a more inclusive approach with Safran Risk Manager, and underline the importance of expertise and accurate data handling in navigating this new terrain.

The Limitations of Traditional Risk Management

Traditionally, risk registers focus predominantly on identifying, assessing, and mitigating risks that could negatively impact a project. This approach, while necessary, often overlooks a crucial element: opportunities.

Opportunities, like risks, are uncertain events, but they can positively influence the project if captured and managed effectively. Neglecting these elements can lead to a one-sided strategy, hampering a project's potential for innovation and growth.

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Common Problems:

  • Narrow Focus on Threats: Traditional risk registers primarily catalogue potential problems, creating a defensive and often pessimistic project atmosphere.

  • Missed Opportunities: By not including opportunities in the risk register, organizations miss out on potential benefits that could arise from taking calculated risks.

  • Lack of Flexibility: A strict focus on risk mitigation can lead to rigid project plans that aren't adaptable to changing circumstances or unexpected positive developments.

Proposing a New Approach with Safran Risk Manager

Safran Risk Manager, a comprehensive tool for project risk analysis, can play a pivotal role in transforming how we perceive and manage risks. By incorporating opportunity management into the risk register, Safran Risk Manager can help in creating a more balanced and proactive approach.

Integrating Opportunity Management:

  1. Opportunity Identification: Similar to risk identification, systematically identify potential opportunities in the project.

  2. Assessment and Analysis: Use Safran Risk Manager's analytical tools to evaluate the likelihood and impact of these opportunities.

  3. Response Planning: Develop strategies not just to mitigate risks but also to capitalize on opportunities, enhancing the project's value.

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The Benefits:

  • Enhanced Project Outcomes: By balancing risks and opportunities, projects can achieve better results and higher efficiency.

  • Improved Decision Making: With a comprehensive view of the project landscape, managers can make more informed decisions.

  • Increased Innovation: Acknowledging and pursuing opportunities encourages innovation and adaptive thinking within project teams.

The Need for Expertise and Accurate Data Handling

Adopting this inclusive approach requires a shift in tools, mindset, and expertise. The accuracy of data and the skill with which it is analyzed and interpreted are critical.


  • Professional Training: Team members need to be trained in identifying and mitigating risks and recognizing and leveraging opportunities.

  • Strategic Thinking: A strategic mindset is essential for effectively balancing risk and opportunity management.

Data Handling:

  • Accurate Data Collection: Reliable data is the foundation of effective risk and opportunity management.

  • Sophisticated Analysis: Utilize Safran Risk Manager's advanced analytical capabilities to interpret data accurately and make informed decisions.


It's time to move beyond the traditional confines of risk management. By incorporating opportunity management into the risk register with tools like Safran Risk Manager, organizations can achieve a more balanced and comprehensive approach to project management.

This shift promotes a more positive and proactive project environment and paves the way for innovation and growth. As we embrace this inclusive approach, the emphasis must be placed on expertise and meticulous data handling to navigate this new landscape effectively. The future of project management lies in not just mitigating risks but in seizing opportunities.

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What's next?

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If you are looking to empower your teams, then why not contact Safran for a 30 day free trial by booking a consultation through the link below.

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