Risk Assessment and Problem-Solving Techniques A3 and 8D Problem Solving Project Readiness Kit (Publication Date: 2024/02)


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  • What tools and technologies should your organization use to manage supply chain risk?
  • When should you next review the effectiveness of your risk mitigation activities?
  • How do you prioritize and assess your organizations supply chain risk and exposure?
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    • Comprehensive set of 1548 prioritized Risk Assessment requirements.
    • Extensive coverage of 97 Risk Assessment topic scopes.
    • In-depth analysis of 97 Risk Assessment step-by-step solutions, benefits, BHAGs.
    • Detailed examination of 97 Risk Assessment case studies and use cases.

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    Risk Assessment Assessment Project Readiness Kit – Utilization, Solutions, Advantages, BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal):

    Risk Assessment

    Risk assessment involves identifying potential risks to an organization′s supply chain and determining appropriate tools and technologies to mitigate those risks.

    1. Root Cause Analysis – Identify the underlying cause of supply chain issues for more effective solutions.
    2. Pareto Analysis – Prioritize and focus on the most critical risks to mitigate them first.
    3. Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) – Proactively identify potential failures in the supply chain and develop plans to prevent or minimize their impact.
    4. SWOT Analysis – Assess the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to the supply chain and develop strategies to mitigate risks.

    8D Problem Solving:
    1. Fishbone Diagram – Identify potential causes of supply chain risk and address them systematically.
    2. 5 Whys – Continuously ask why a problem occurred to identify the root cause and implement preventative measures.
    3. Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) – Use a systematic approach to problem-solving by planning, implementing, evaluating, and adjusting solutions.
    4. Real-time Analytics – Use data analysis and monitoring tools to detect and manage risks in real-time for faster response and resolution.

    CONTROL QUESTION: What tools and technologies should the organization use to manage supply chain risk?

    Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) for 10 years from now:

    The organization′s big hairy audacious goal for 10 years from now is to be a global leader in supply chain risk management by utilizing advanced tools and technologies. This will involve implementing cutting-edge software systems and predictive analytics to identify potential risks and mitigate them proactively.

    The organization aims to develop a comprehensive risk assessment methodology that takes into account all aspects of the supply chain, including suppliers, logistics, market trends, and regulations. This methodology will be continuously improved and refined through data-driven insights and feedback from stakeholders.

    To achieve this goal, the organization will invest in developing a team of highly skilled and specialized risk assessment experts with knowledge in emerging technologies and industry best practices. These experts will work closely with cross-functional teams to incorporate risk management into every stage of the supply chain process.

    Furthermore, the organization will establish strategic partnerships with technology companies to leverage their expertise in developing customized risk management solutions. These partnerships will allow the organization to stay ahead of the curve and adopt new technologies and tools as they emerge.

    Through this ambitious goal, the organization aims to achieve operational excellence, minimize disruptions, and ensure sustainable and ethical practices throughout the supply chain. This will not only protect the organization′s reputation but also foster trust and confidence among customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders. Ultimately, the organization′s goal is to become a role model for supply chain risk management in the industry and set a new standard for success.

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    Risk Assessment Case Study/Use Case example – How to use:

    Case Study: Managing Supply Chain Risk in a Global Organization

    Synopsis of Client Situation:

    The client is a large multinational corporation with a complex supply chain network. The organization operates in multiple countries and sources raw materials and components from various suppliers around the world. With an annual revenue of over $30 billion, the client′s supply chain is critical to their success. However, in recent years, the client has faced several challenges related to supply chain risk management. These challenges include supplier bankruptcy, natural disasters, political instability, and compliance issues. These risks have led to disruptions in the supply chain, causing delayed deliveries, increased costs, and negative impacts on customer satisfaction. To address these challenges, the client is looking to implement an effective risk assessment and management system.

    Consulting Methodology:

    To help the client manage their supply chain risk, our consulting team used the following methodology:

    1. Understand the Client′s Business Operations: We began by understanding the client′s business operations, supply chain network, and risk profile. This involved conducting interviews with key stakeholders, reviewing organizational documents, and analyzing historical data related to supply chain disruptions.

    2. Identify Supply Chain Risks: Based on the information gathered, we identified potential risks that could impact the client′s supply chain. These risks were categorized into four major categories: operational, financial, reputational, and compliance risks.

    3. Assess Risks Severity: Next, we assessed the severity and likelihood of each identified risk. This step helped us prioritize risks that needed immediate attention and develop a risk management plan accordingly.

    4. Develop Risk Management Plan: Considering the severity and likelihood of each risk, we developed a comprehensive risk management plan. The plan included measures to prevent, mitigate, transfer, or accept risks.

    5. Select Tools and Technologies: Based on the identified risks and risk management plan, we selected tools and technologies that could help the client manage supply chain risks effectively.


    1. Risk Assessment Report: The first deliverable was a detailed risk assessment report. The report included a comprehensive analysis of the client′s supply chain risks, their severity, and recommendations to mitigate or manage these risks.

    2. Risk Management Plan: The second deliverable was a risk management plan that outlined the strategies and tactics to address the identified risks. This plan also included a roadmap for implementing the recommended tools and technologies.

    3. Tool and Technology Recommendations: Based on the client′s risks and risk management plan, our team recommended specific tools and technologies that could help them manage supply chain risks effectively.

    Implementation Challenges:

    While implementing the risk management plan, we faced several challenges, including resistance to change, lack of data availability, and resource constraints. The client′s global operations and complex supply chain network also posed communication and coordination challenges. To overcome these challenges, we collaborated closely with the client′s stakeholders and provided necessary training to ensure a smooth implementation process.


    To measure the success of our risk management strategy, we established the following KPIs:

    1. Number of Supply Chain Disruptions: This KPI measures the number of cases where the supply chain was disrupted due to identified risks. A decrease in this number would indicate the effectiveness of our risk management plan in mitigating risks.

    2. Cost of Supply Chain Disruptions: This metric measures the financial impact of supply chain disruptions. A decrease in this metric would indicate the effectiveness of our risk management plan in reducing the financial burden caused by supply chain disruptions.

    3. Time to Recovery: This KPI measures the time it takes the client to recover from a supply chain disruption. A decrease in this metric would indicate the effectiveness of our risk management plan in improving the client′s supply chain resilience.

    Management Considerations:

    To ensure the success and sustainability of our risk management efforts, we recommended the following considerations to the client′s management team:

    1. Continuous Monitoring and Evaluation: Supply chain risks are constantly evolving, and it is essential to monitor and evaluate them regularly. We recommended the client to implement a continuous risk management process to stay on top of emerging risks.

    2. Collaborative Supplier Relationships: The success of the client′s risk management efforts also depends on their relationship with suppliers. We advised the client to foster collaborative relationships with their suppliers and work together to mitigate risks.

    3. Invest in Technology and Training: In today′s digital era, organizations need to invest in technology and training to manage risks effectively. We recommended the client to allocate resources for implementing the recommended technologies and providing relevant training to their employees.


    In conclusion, the client′s complex supply chain network poses several risks that could negatively impact their operations. Through an effective risk assessment and management approach, our consulting team helped the client identify and manage these risks. By leveraging tools and technologies tailored to their specific needs, the client can now proactively monitor and mitigate potential risks, ensuring the resilience of their supply chain. With continuous monitoring and evaluation, collaborative supplier relationships, and investment in technology and training, the client can build a robust risk management culture that protects their supply chain and contributes to overall business success.


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    3. S. Shah and D. Prasad, Supply Chain Risk Management Strategies for Resilience, Production Planning & Control, vol. 27, no. 7, pp. 585-599, 2016.

    4. Deloitte, Advanced Risk Management for Critical Risks in the Supply Chain, [Online]. Available: https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/insights/industry/manufacturing/supply-chain-risk-management-for-critical-risks.html. [Accessed October 2021].

    5. Gartner, Top Strategies for Supply Chain Risk Management, [Online]. Available: https://www.gartner.com/en/supply-chain/insights/top-strategies-supply-chain-risk-management. [Accessed October 2021].

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