Managing Risk in Remote Policy Development and Project Delivery Teams

17 June 2021
Project Planning
Risk Management


Effective policy development requires the ability to identify the risks that the policy should address and the risks of different policy options. Policy and projects need to identify and address the risks to successful implementation. This one-day remote course enables you to deliver successful policies and projects by providing you with strategies for successful management of the risks that affect your policies and projects.
It incorporates a focus throughout the seminar on the specific issues caused by working in remote teams, outlining approaches to mitigate any impact on the policy process that could be caused by the current context of remote and hybrid working.

Who is it designed for?

This event is for civil service and public sector officials with policy and project responsibility at all levels, including senior staff. It has been designed for anyone involved in policy and project work in the current context of remote team working.

How will you benefit from attending?

You will gain insights from the trainer and course colleagues that will improve your ability to apply risk management methodologies to your policy and project work, both in general terms and in the specific context of remote team working. This will increase the likelihood that your policies and projects will achieve (and be seen to achieve) their intended results.

Learning outcomes

You will:

  • Understand how to identify, analyse and prioritise risks, including risks associated with remote and hybrid working
  • Be able to produce effective strategies for managing risks in the current remote working context as well as understanding how to apply best practice procedures
  • Know how risk management can improve policies and projects
  • Increase your ability to achieve the intended benefits from your policies and projects


Thursday 17th June
Times on the Agenda are in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)
Start time in EST (Eastern Standard Time): 07:00. Finish time 13:00
Start time in BST (British Summer Time): 13:00. Finish time 19:00

12:00 Session One

Building Risk Analysis into the Policy Development and Decision-Making Process

  • Processes for identifying risk
  • Assessing risk impact and likelihood in matrices
  • Building the risk register
  • Incorporating the risks of remote and hybrid working into the process at an early stage
  • Risk management approaches for avoiding risk aversion and cognitive biases
  • Successful risk communication
  • Delegate experience sharing
13:00 Session Two

Strategies for Analysing Risk in the Policy Process

  • Undertaking a risk management process analysis
  • Building and assessing organisational resilience to both identified risk and to the “unknown unknowns”
  • How to assess the logistical, psychological and operational impact of remote team working on the process
  • Tools for assessing organisational risk appetite
  • Delegate input
14:00 Session Three

Strategies for Mitigating Risk

  • Methods for factoring in risk analysis into the strategic policy development and the decision-making processes
  • Trouble-shooting in risk contexts – what are the characteristics of risky behaviours in policy and project management? – what specific risks should we build in, in the context of remote working?
  • Sharing delegates’ examples of what works and what does not work in general and in the current context
  • Analysis and transferability of lessons learnt into delegates’ remote and hybrid working conditions and cultural contexts
15:00 Lunch
16:00 Session Four

Risk Management in Project Planning

  • Understanding risk in the context of project planning
  • Defining project risks, including logistical, communication and motivational risks caused by remote working
  • Incorporating risk mitigation at the project planning stage
  • Analysing risks to long term project success
  • Common pitfalls and what to avoid in the current context
  • Facilitated delegate discussion
17:00 Session Five

Risk Management in Benefits Management

  • Identifying and mitigating risks to benefit achievements, including risks associated with remote and hybrid team contexts
  • Final discussion session
18:00 Close

Our training seminars are based on

  • A vast reservoir of knowledge about effective, delivery-focused approaches that are designed to enable you to achieve better results in your place of work
  • Expert practitioner and thought-leader experience, covering a comprehensive range of practical knowledge and people skills, to help you to work more productively
  • International perspectives and experience, enabling transferability and applicability wherever in the world you are from

Our training team

  • Our L&D team have all had successful careers as practitioners in their fields of expertise. They bring their experience, knowledge and skills to support the professional development of other public servants
  • Our team all now work as professional trainers, blending practitioner experience with professionally designed L&D solutions
  • Between them, our team have provided training for more than 100,000 public servants from 120 countries

Our training ethos

  • We deliver people-focused training designed to help you perform better
  • We provide practical insights, based on years of experience about what works, combined with practical methods to help you to make it work effectively in your own organisation
  • We are here to help you to perform better


The price of attending this one-day Virtual Training Seminar is:
CAD 870 per person
EUR 580 per person
GBP 500 per person
USD 690 per person

Please contact us for details of discounts for group bookings, or to arrange a conversation with a member of our training team to discuss in-house delivery options, including tailoring the day’s training to your specific needs.

You can email David Leakey on [email protected] or phone on +44 20 7661 7817.