While training in the DoD Acquisition Professional Courses provides the big picture, it is also imperative that personnel be trained to their programís specific risk requirements and objectives. This is necessary to ensure that all personnel responsible for the implementation of risk management understand the program objectives, expectations, goals, terminology, formats, etc. regarding risk management. This training should not be limited to program office personnel, but includes the prime contractor, subcontractors, support contractors, and supporting field activities.
Training, as a minimum should provide instruction in the following:
- Background and introduction to risk management
- Program office risk organizational structure and responsibilities
- Concept and approach
- Awareness of latest techniques (through attendance at symposiums,
seminars, workshops, etc.)
- Program definitions and terminology
- Risk assessment tools used by the program office
- Use of the risk management database. This should also include hands-on
instruction on the use of the risk database and tracking system
The program office, prime contractor, or a support contractor can provide risk training; however, care should be taken in the selection of the training source. The training source(s) should be subject matter experts in risk management and be familiar with the programís operations.
As emphasized throughout this publication, all personnel responsible for planning and executing the risk management program must talk the same language, have an understanding of what the risk programís objectives are, and understand how to use the various tools required to identify, assess, mitigate and track risk. As in any venture, this training is critical to achieving the objectives for the successful execution of a risk management program.