Risk management is a huge concept that the U.S army


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STUDENT 1: Mike,

Risk management is a huge concept that the U.S army also utilizes extensively. In the case of the Manchester United Soccer Tournament project team, we have already identified the risks. Next, we would move to step two and assess the risk using a numerical number and risk assessment form. We would individualize each risk into an event and find the likelihood, impact and detection in which the risk will occur. Third, we would then develop mitigation measures to prevent the risk from occurring. Finally, we would develop contingency measure in case the risk occurs. Mitigating the risk is way more effective to help reduce risk than a contingency plan.




Detection Difficulty


Referees failing to show




Prior to start

Fighting between teams




During match

Pivotal error by referee




During match

Abusive behavior by parents




During match

Inadequate parking




Prior to start

Not enough teams




Prior to season

Serious injury




During match

We then will mitigate risk (avoid/accept) for each event and develop a contingency plan for each.

1. Referees failing to show up at designated games: Avoid, we will want to mitigate this risk since there is a high impact on the game. Without the referees the game cannot be conducted. Mitigation of the risk would be to contact each referee to double check to ensure they will be available for the game. The contingency plan would be to have additional referees on stand-by to stand in if needed.

2. Fighting between teams: Accept, it is unknown if the players will get into fights onto the field.

3. Pivotal error committed by a referee that determines the outcome of a game: Avoid, ensure that the referees are certified and re-certified when warranted. Contingency plan, have the required documentation, rules and a camera ready to investigate referees call.

4. Abusive behavior along the sidelines by parents: Accept, unlikely this will occur and the impact that it will have on the match will not greatly impact the game. Contingency, would have the parents thrown out of the game when behavior is unsuitable.

5. Inadequate parking: Avoid, participants in the game along with spectators need places to park. Mitigation call participants to schedule car pool. Contingency, develop a shuttle service.

6. Not enough teams sign up for different age brackets: Avoid, without teams and players no match can be played. Mitigation, provide advertisement for the league and ensure the widest dissemination. Contingency, players age bracket levels will be expanded,

7. Serious Injury: Avoid, serious injury could have legal consequences that might have an impact on the organization. Mitigation, ensure players know the rules and do's and don'ts of the sport. Remind them that safety is the number one priority. Contingency, have a certified medical attendant for each game to treat and evaluate possible injuries.

STUDENT 2: Scott

Manchester United Soccer Tournamanet project team has identified a number of risks to their project. Having completed the first two steps of risk management Identify and assess they need to complete the third step of risk response development. The first risk of Referees failing to show up at designated games can be mitigated by creating a contingency plan of having extra referees on call or actually standing by in case one doesn't show up. Fighting between teams seems like a retained risk that cant really be avoided, or the impact could also be mitigated by hiring security gaurds. Pivotal error committed by a referree that determines the outcome of a game could be mitigated by a better vetting program of potential referees which may involve an increase in cost, it could also just be a retained risk. Abusive behavior along the sidelines by parents could be mitigated by hiring security gaurds, hiring securtiy gaurds could then solve two risk problems. Inadequate parking should have a contingency plan involving securing extra parking from a private business or on the side of the road, possibly coordinating with the city and police to shut down an adjacent street for parking on game days. Not enough teams sign up for different age brackets, could be mitigated by having a way to manipulate the brackets so teams could play a different age brack for example one up or one down. Serious injury is a risk that could be transferred by liability insurance and requiring parents to sign a waiver relieving the organization of liability.

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Assignment: The Manchester United Soccer Tournament project team (Review Manchester United case at the end of Chapter 4; page 126) has identified the following potential risks to their project: 1. Referees failing to show up at designated games. 2. Fighting between teams. 3. Pivotal error committed by a referee that determines the outcome of a game. 4. Abusive behavior along the sidelines by parents. 5. Inadequate parking. 6. Not enough teams sign up for different age brackets. 7. Serious injury. Risk Identification, Assessment and Mitigation Question: How would you recommend that they respond (i.e., avoid, accept, …) to these risks and why? Be sure to provide each event and a response along with a contingency for each event. CASE: Manchester United Soccer Club Nicolette Larson was loading the dishwasher with her husband, Kevin, and telling him about the first meeting of the Manchester United Tournament Organizing Committee. Nicolette, a self-confessed “soccer mom,” had been elected tournament director and was responsible for organizing the club's first summer tournament. Manchester United Soccer Club (MUSC) located in Manchester, New Hampshire, was formed in 1992 as a way of bringing recreational players to a higher level of competition and preparing them for the State Olympic Development Program and/or high school teams. The club currently has 24 boys and girls (ranging in age from under 9 to 16) on teams affiliated with the Hampshire Soccer Association and the Granite State Girls Soccer League. The club's board of directors decided in the fall to sponsor a summer invitational soccer tournament to generate revenue. Given the boom in youth soccer, hosting summer tournaments has become a popular method for raising funds. MUSC teams regularly compete in three to four tournaments each summer at different locales in New England. These tournaments have been reported to generate between $50,000 and $70,000 for the host club. MUSC needs additional revenue to refurbish and expand the number of soccer fields at the Rock Rimmon soccer complex. Funds would also be used to augment the club's scholarship program, which provides financial aid to players who cannot afford the $450 annual club dues. Nicolette gave her husband a blow-by-blow account of what transpired during the first tournament committee meeting that night. She started the meeting by having everyone introduce themselves and by proclaiming how excited she was that the club was going to sponsor its own tournament. She then suggested that the committee brainstorm what needed to be done to pull off the event; she would record their ideas on a flipchart. What emerged was a free-for-all of ideas and suggestions. One member immediately stressed the importance of having qualified referees and spent several minutes describing in detail how his son's team was robbed in a poorly officiated championship game. This was followed by other stories of injustice on the soccer field. Another member suggested that they needed to quickly contact the local colleges to see if they could use their fields. The committee spent more than 30 minutes talking about how they should screen teams and how much they should charge as an entry fee. An argument broke out over whether they should reward the winning teams in each age bracket with medals or trophies. Many members felt that medals were too cheap, while others thought the trophies would be too expensive. Someone suggested that they seek local corporate sponsors to help fund the tournament. The proposed sale of tournament T-shirts and sweatshirts was followed by a general critique of the different shirts parents had acquired at different tournaments. One member advocated that they recruit an artist he knew to develop a unique silk-screen design for the tournament. The meeting adjourned 30 minutes late with only half of the members remaining until the end. Nicolette drove home with seven sheets of ideas and a headache. As Kevin poured a glass of water for the two aspirin Nicolette was about to take, he tried to comfort her by saying that organizing this tournament would be a big project not unlike the projects he works on at his engineering and design firm. He offered to sit down with her the next night and help her plan the project. He suggested that the first thing they needed to do was to develop a WBS for the project. Reference: Larson, E. W., & Clifford, G. F. (2014). Chapter Four/Defining the Project. Project Management: The Managerial Process (6th ed., pp.126). McGraw-Hill. ...
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Response 1.Security guards don't need to be hired as the soccer staff can escort parent that do not comply with the rules. The soccer brackets can be a good way to attract students to sign as it helps to serve a challenge facing oppon...

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