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  • Big risks in the tertiary sector

    Dr Dale Cooper was invited to make a presentation on *Big risks in the tertiary sector* at the Unimutual annual conference in Sydney on 5-7 September. Unimutual is a mutual insurer, established in 1989 to provide protections unavailable from commercial insurance at the time for members affiliated with tertiary education. The presentation discusses what 'big risks' are, and scenario-based approaches for identifying them.

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  • Delivering a new payroll system

    Broadleaf conducted a review of the implementation program for payroll systems in a group of six related service-delivery networks. Simple Excel structures were used to model the schedule and the uncertainty associated with it. The outcomes provided a structure for activity and manpower planning, as well as a basis for liaison and coordination between the implementation company and the networks.

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  • Nonconforming imported products and materials

    This case describes a root cause analysis of nonconforming imported products and materials, to identify the potential underlying or root causes for nonconformance, with a focus on what happens in the international supply chain. The case highlights the uses of root cause analysis, and the value of preparation and stakeholder engagement.

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  • Business and operations risks in a biotech start-up

    We facilitated a risk assessment for a small biotechnology start-up company, using an expanded risk analysis process. The outcomes allowed the company to set priorities for dealing with the risks it faced, improving controls and implementing assurance activities. Significantly, half of the most important risks had beneficial consequences.

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  • Schedule uncertainty in linear developments

    Linear developments such as pipe or cable laying, road or rail building, or tunnelling, present challenges not found in other forms of construction. Analysis of the risk to their schedules may require a different approach from that used for the analysis of general construction projects. In some situations, existing schedule modelling tools lack the means to represent the particular features of linear developments. However, these can be addressed, with appropriate expertise, using two modelling tools and exchanging information between them.

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  • Climate change and its effects on a food production business

    An international food processing company needed to make strategic decisions about the effects of climate change on its operations and the value of its business. A risk management process was tailored for the specific context of climate change, using scenarios and climate-change drivers to structure the assessment. The case demonstrates the value of sound preparation, comprehensive briefing material and good facilitation for dealing with long-term risks and environmental uncertainty.

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  • Broadleaf newsletter

    As noted in the previous newsletter, we have had some technical problems with our RSS feed that we're still trying to fix. We have a short-term solution, but it will involve one extra click to access new case study and resource material. Please bear with us until we have a long-term solution in place.

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  • Modelling schedule uncertainty in a tunnel development

    Tunnelling presents challenges not found in other forms of construction. Analysis of uncertainty in tunnelling schedules may require a different approach from that used for the analysis of a process plant construction, for instance. In some situations, existing schedule modelling tools lack the means to represent particular features of tunnelling developments. However, these can be addressed, with appropriate expertise, using two modelling tools and exchanging information between them.

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  • Broadleaf newsletter for April 2018

    We hate receiving lots of emails, so we only send the Broadleaf newsletter once per month, and then only if there has been a change to our web site. However, we do try to generate a case study or some interesting resource material every month, so you should expect to receive the newsletter regularly. You may have noticed that there was no newsletter in April. That was due to a technical problem with our RSS feed, so there will be several new items available in May.

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  • Headline risks

    A condensed version of Dr Dale Cooper's resource paper 'Headline risks: seeing the big picture' was published in the November issue of Risk Management Today, volume 27, number 9, page 140, 2017.

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