What is a RAID log?
The RAID log focuses on four key areas:
- Risks – events that can have an adverse impact if they occur.
- Assumptions – things you assume are in place which contribute to the success of the project.
- Issues – current matters that need to be considered and addressed by the group.
- Dependencies – other projects or triggers that your project depends on, or are a beneficiary of your project outcomes.
Note: Some project managers use the A for actions and the D for decisions.
Why maintain a RAID log?
A RAID log is a practical tool for managing projects. Use it:
- During the initial planning phase to perform a broad environmental scan
- To consolidate information to assist regular reviews that keep the project on track
- As a way of involving the whole team to identify critical issues that have an impact on the project
- To assess changed project conditions
- As a way to optimize effort and use of resources
- To show stakeholders that the project is under control
- As evidence for input or support from management
Who can use RAID log?
Project teams, especially in those in the engineering, construction and IT industries, routinely use a RAID log. However, because of its simplicity, the methodology is relevant to:
- All industries
- Existing and new businesses
- All levels of an organization
- Business processes
RAID log template
Ask: What events do we need to address to ensure the project runs to plan?
Actions: Contain or remove the issue.
Ask: What presumptions have we made about things that will make our project successful?
Actions: Regularly reassess assumptions to test if they’re still valid.
Ask: Who or what do we depend on and who depends on us?
Actions: Monitor and manage dependencies.
How to develop a RAID log
Give context and identify the scope of the RAID Log.
Gather input and ideas for each of the four quadrants.
Clarify content, group similar ideas, and delete duplicates.
Rate the impact of each risk, assumption, issue or dependency on the project.
Create an action plan assigning responsibility for each issue to a group or individual.
Report on the outcomes and monitor as part of your project management processes.
Clarify the objectives of the session and define the scope of the RAID Log. Provide context for participants by presenting relevant data and information. Examples might include:
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