Risk Register

With PRINCE2, a Risk Register plots the impact and probability of identified risks. The data is presented in a table and as a scatterplot.

The Risk Register is utilized as a risk management tool. In some contexts, it can be a vital aspect of fulfilling regulatory compliance for a project.

Risk RegisterExamples of information that goes into the Risk Register:

  • Identified risks
  • Nature of each identified risk
  • A brief description of the risk, unless the name of the risk is sufficient
  • Probability/likelihood of occurrence, expressed on an integer scale
  • Impact/consequence of the event occurring, expressed on an integer scale
  • Risk score/risk rating. Commonly asssessed by multiplying Probability with Impact. Can be used to rank the risks.
  • Mitigation steps
  • An identification number for each risk
  • Trigger, if applicable. (Example: The risk is flooding. The trigger is sudden major snow melting event due to warm weather.)

The risks are grouped together in categories, with each category comprised of similar risk types.

The risk registry is extra important in industries that involves a lot of risks.  A good example of this is FOREX and Binary options trading.  The traders are operating in a high-risk environment and need to consider the risk of every trade they make.   Learn more about Binary options risk management.   Learning more about risk management among binary options traders and poker players can teach you a lot about risk management in general and make you a better project manager.


This is what a Risk Register in table format could look like for a celebration on a boat.

Category Name RBS ID Probability Impact Mitigation Contingency Risk


after Mitigation



Action When
Nature Too windy 1.1 Medium High Check weather forecast Return to sheltered port 2 Captain 25 knots
Nature Rain 1.2 Medium High Make sure the roof is in good condition Keep celebration under the roof 2 Peter When rain clouds become visible
Nature Fire onboard 1.3 Low High No open flames allowed Use fire extinguishers 1 Everyone Immediately
Guests The guests find the party boring 2.1. Low Medium Have party games prepared Play party games 1 Amanda Within 1 hour
Guests Sea sickness 2.2 Medium Medium Warn guests in advace of the risk Bring OTC medication for sea sickness 1 John When guest is in distress
Drinks Running out of drinks 3.1 Low Medium Keep extra supplies below deck Buy more at port 1 Javier When <3 drinks are left for each guest
Drinks Running out of ice 3.2 Medium Medium Keep extra in a large cool bag Buy more at port 1 Javier When <2 ice bags are left, if >2 hours are left of the party

Common mitigation steps

  • Identify
  • Analyze
  • Plan response
  • Monitor
  • Control