Qualitative or Quantitative?
Risk analysis is conducted in two significant ways — qualitative and quantitative risk analysis. These two type of risk analysis can be conducted simultaneously or in a chosen order, and even within a defined period gap. Sometimes, business managers and project leaders are unable to differentiate between these two approaches. It is vital to understand the basic defining difference between them.
Understanding Qualitative Risk Analysis
The objective of conducting a qualitative risk analysis is to acquire safety against recognized risks and to increase the alertness of management, team members, and all personnel who are vulnerable to them. This method of risk analysis is designed to identify issues that are looked upon as project management impediments, but have the potential to become definite risk factors.
A detailed qualitative analysis will also delve into the resources which are more susceptible to such risks. The purpose is to identify rectifying measures that can incorporated to restrict or remove the causes that have given rise to such risks and to ensure that these safety measures become a part of risk-related analytical protocol for future reference.
Understanding Quantitative Risk Analysis
Quantitative risk analysis is more focused on the implementation of safety measures that have been established, in order to protect against every defined risk. By using a quantitative approach, an organization is able to create a very precise analytical interpretation that can clearly represent which risk-resolving measures have been most well-suited to various project needs. This makes the quantitative approach favored by many management teams since risk assessments can be clearly represented in the empirical forms like percentages or probability charts, since it emphasizes using tools such as metrics.
Computerized Risk Management — Risk analysis methodology is increasingly becoming computerized. This means using either the qualitative or quantitative approach or a combination of both in the form of various software applications. This method also uses some analytical tools.