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What is RAID Log in Project Management?

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  • 0:04 RAID Log in Project Management
  • 0:32 Recap of RAID & Techniques
  • 2:21 RAID Log Objectives & Benefits
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Instructor: Audrey Brown

Dr. Audrey E Brown has a PsyD in Organizational Leadership, an MS in Management of Programs & Projects, in addition to 15+ years of experience in the field.

The RAID log in project management consolidates and centralizes your risks, assumptions, issues, and dependencies logs. This lesson will explain the objectives and benefits of using a RAID log.

RAID Log in Project Management

Project management has multiple administrative facets, which the establishment of artifacts and maintenance can be time consuming. Therefore, it's essential for project managers to seek out opportunities to increase efficiencies and quality. RAID is an acronym that stands for risks, assumptions, issues, and dependencies. RAID log is a project management tool that was designed to centralize and simplify the gathering, monitoring, and tracking of project data.

Recap of RAID & Techniques

So let's take a closer look at RAID and recap what each part of the acronym stands for.

Risks

Risks are specific events or uncertainties that could possibly occur and adversely impact your project. You and your project team are responsible for managing project risks, including identification, categorization, risk assessments, and creation of risk response plans. It's essential for you to mitigate your project uncertainties in order for your project to be delivered successfully.

Assumptions

The definition entails information believed to be true about your project. Capturing your project assumptions plays a major part in project management. Many projects have experienced major delays because project managers and teams have made assumptions, which later in the project were revealed as false assumptions. Therefore, you need to document your project assumptions and ensure stakeholders sign off on the assumptions.

Issues

Risks that have occurred turn into issues or issues can be identified at the inception of the project. Issues in your project are roadblocks that have the ability to delay your project delivery or possibly shut your project down. It's your job as project manager to eradicate and mitigate issues for your project teams.

Dependencies

This represents input work or data your project is dependent on for completion and/or other projects may be dependent on output from your project. Dependencies must be monitored closely because they could create major delays for your project and/or possibly shut down your project.

The RAID log consolidates and/or centralizes four critical project logs, which are risks, assumptions, issues, and dependencies. There are several project management vendors who sell RAID logs and/or you have the ability to create a RAID log in spreadsheets, such as Microsoft Excel.

RAID Log Objective & Benefits

The overall purpose of the RAID log is to ensure project managers do not overlook any of the four logs. For example, it's common for project managers to create their initial risk management log and never pick it back up. The benefits of using a RAID log serve as:

  1. A reminder to project managers to invest time in each of the four project logs
  2. Retrieving one document and updating four project logs in one location
  3. The ease of maneuvering between logs

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