Alternative risk assessment template (PDF)

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Download our comprehensive and user-friendly risk assessment template designed to integrate uncertainty into investment project valuations, cash flow or project schedules. This template is unlike a typical standalone risk register, it is meant to integrate into the actual financial model. Risks are prioritized based on their effect on the decision.

Here are the reasons what makes this template awesome:

  • it forces to look for assumptions
  • it maps the risks against each assumption
  • it adds volatility to the actual assumptions, no risk ratings, risks are represented by the volatility of the assumptions
  • it maps mitigation actions against assumptions
  • it allows for validation and feedback from the decision makers
  • Cell reference – reference to the cell in the model where the assumption is stored
  • Assumption name – self explanatory
  • Default value – default static value currently used in the model
  • Risks – risks identified by the deal team (decision makers), risk team, due diligence or other sources mapped against each assumption
  • Initial range – a range of values and a distribution shape to replace the static default assumption value based on the risk identification
  • Proposed mitigations – mitigation actions proposed by the decision makers or legal terms agreed that will help to mitigate the risks and hence reduce the uncertainty
  • Updated range – updated range and distribution shape based on the mitigations and the validation with the decision makers. It may or may not be updated.

As you probably guessed the ranges then go into a simulation. We usually run 2 simulations, before and after mitigations to test whether the decision makers plan is going to work and does in fact reduce the uncertainty significantly.


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