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 – [DB – 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.