Crash Course on Risk Identification

How to better identify risks in your projects and business activities using simple and effective tools

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In this crash course, you will learn a practical process to identify risks in your project on any other work, being able to understand the dual nature of risks that includes not only threats but also opportunities.

You will learn seven different techniques to identify risks depending on the type of information you have available. You will also learn how to master the writing of a risk description.

The course was recorded in English with subtitles in English, Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil), Spanish (Español), Arabic (عربى) and Simplified Chinese (中文).

About the course

What is covered?

The full course has 11 lessons covering 2 hours of content.

At the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Understand what is a risk (threats and opportunities)
  • Learn the five Information Gathering Techniques
  • Learn the two analytical techniques
  • Understand the benefits and challenges of each of the seven techniques to identify risks
  • Learn how to write a clear risk description
Every lesson aims to be as short as possible. You will learn everything you need to know in the right amount of time at your own pace,

What people have to say the course

"These classes are clear and right on point to who wants to learn or remember how to deal with risks in project management. Ricardo is an iconic teacher and always has good insights."
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"This course is simple, objective, and clear. Though the course is introductory, it is comprehensive on the topic, which is finally completed by the podcasts. It's a good point to start!"
Jonathan Tenório de LimaLinkedin
"Fast course with a lot of technical, practical, and applicable content. Thank you, Ricardo."
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"You want a valve that doesn't leak and you try everything possible to develop one. But the real world provides you with a leaky valve. You have to determine how much leaking you can tolerate."

- Arthur Rudolph, Developer Of Rocket in First Apollo Flight
New York Times, Obituary Session, January 3, 1996

Your Instructor


Ricardo Viana Vargas
Ricardo Viana Vargas

Passionate about transforming ideas into action, Ricardo Vargas is a chief advocate in the project economy. Specializing in implementing innovative global initiatives, capital projects and product development, Ricardo has directed dozens of projects across industries and continents, managing more than $20 billion in global initiatives over the past 25 years.

Ricardo shares his expertise with millions of professionals around the globe through his “5 Minutes Podcast,” which he’s hosted since 2007. He has written 16 books on project management, risk and crisis management, and transformation, which have been translated into six languages and sold more than half a million copies. His influence on the sector was affirmed when he became the first Latin American to be elected Chairman of the Project Management Institute.

More than two decades ago, he founded Macrosolutions, a global consulting firm with international operations in energy, infrastructure, IT, oil and finance.

His work as a venture capitalist and entrepreneur in artificial intelligence, blockchain, big data, chatbots and machine learning resulted in tools and products that have revolutionized how users bring agility and agile management into project management software.

Between 2016 and 2020, Ricardo directed the Brightline Initiative, a Project Management Institute think tank bringing together leading organizations into a coalition dedicated to helping executives bridge the expensive, unproductive gap between strategic design and delivery.

Prior to his work with Brightline, Ricardo was director of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Infrastructure and Project Management Group, leading more than 1,000 projects and $1.2 billion in humanitarian and development projects.

Ricardo holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Federal Fluminense University in Brazil and an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering, a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil.

You can check his full bio here.


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Will I get a certificate?
Yes. If you watch all the lessons and do all the assessments (regardless of your score), you will get a certificate of completion. The certificate/badge does not expire and you can leverage your credential in more than 100 social networks, including, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Your credential uses Blockchain technology to reduce fraud and increase third-party confidence. Your recorded credential is sealed in a digital ledger to prove its authenticity.

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