In practice, most programs do not have an individual
accountable to the Program Manager (PM) for risk management. More often than
not, several team members may be assigned risk management responsibilities but
do not have ownership or accountability in the risk management process.
Therefore, it is imperative that a risk management focal point, accountable
directly to the PM for the risk management program, be established and
specifically identified in the program structure. Otherwise, risk management
will quickly disintegrate and become an "Oh, by the way!" task until program
risks have turned into program problems.