Adam Josephs and Brad Rubenstein

RISK UP FRONT

MANAGING PROJECTS IN A COMPLEX WORLD

​The ability to relentlessly identify and mitigate risk.
That is the key to high-performance project teams.

"We use Risk Up Front to get projects done on time. It works."

—R. MARTIN CHAVEZ, CFO, GOLDMAN SACHS

 

Successful projects depend more on your team’s behavior than on their project tools.

This book focuses on the fundamentals: simple structures and practices, applied with rigor. These are the tools you need to avoid the late changes that kill project schedules. Underlying all of them are four principles: accountability, transparency, integrity and commitment. Risk Up Front is designed to turn these principles into practice.

Murphy’s Law tells us, “If anything can go wrong, it will.” With Risk Up Front, even risks hiding in your team’s blind spot can be discovered and handled, before Murphy has a chance.

 

“Risk Up Front fixed our Agile process and has become a company-wide discipline. Risk conversations now extend from the conference room to the board room.”
—MATT LITTLE, CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER, PKWARE, INC.

“We started by using Risk Up Front in global engineering and product development. Now we use it everywhere, from building clean rooms to upgrading our finance systems. In all cases, the results are faster execution, stronger teamwork, and better results. ”
—TIM JENKS, CEO, NEOPHOTONICS CORPORATION

 

About the Authors

 

Adam Josephs and Brad Rubenstein are partners at Celerity Consulting Group. They train and coach organizations all over the world on applying Risk Up Front to accelerate product development and organizational change. Prior to Celerity, Adam managed engineering projects and product organizations at Apple, Microsoft and a variety of startups. Brad began his career building software systems in Silicon Valley. He then left to architect trading and risk infrastructure at Goldman Sachs.

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