The major risks
This chapter discusses from a high-level point of view the actual risk an IS project may have to face. As mentioned in earlier chapters there are many different ways in which a project can go wrong. There are also many different ways of describing or categorising the risks faced by IS project developers. Sometimes, as part of IS risk management, consultants produce long lists of detailed risks which a project could face. These lists sometimes run into dozens of pages. It is sometimes said “beware of long lists of options or possibilities”, as they tend to dilute one’s focus rather than inform. It has been decided not to address this amount of detail in this book, but to rather discuss generic or major risk categories and to allow the reader to expand these generic risk groups to the appropriate amount of detail for his or her IS project. If the generic or high-level risks are properly understood it is not difficult to add the required amount of detail.