Some wisdom from Todd Hutchison about project management. Three critical registers to be maintained, monitored and controlled during projects – the risk register, the issues register, and the change (contract variation) register. The risk register arises from the risk management plan. It is dynamic and tracks new risks and the progress of any risk treatments. When a risk is realised with a negative outcome, it moves to the issues register. The issues register documents the resolution and remediation of issues – I also use it to record unanswered questions. The change register is a way of avoiding “scope creep” and doing more work than the contract specifies. A change request is the tool for expanding or varying the scope of a project or contract and must be approved by the key stakeholders.