Demand Semantic Discipline in describing Risks

The word semantic comes from the Greek word sēmantikós which means "having meaning".
The word discipline comes from the Latin word disciplina meaning "instruction".
Risk Management is an important part of managing projects. Most of us are aware of that and will act accordingly.
The problem however is that when we ask team members and others to come up with a list of risks as part of the risk identification process early on in the project the risk descriptions are all over the place. Some are just impact statements, others are merely a list of mitigation actions and then there are always motherhood statements such "not enough resources"
We have used a very simple remedy for this by adding a few descriptive (active) sentences in our risk registers. 2013-03-29 07-13-14-1
By just adding these three sentences as highlighted above in the risk indentification section we were able to dramaticallly reduce the number of meaningless and incomplete risks.
Try it!
 
Credit where credit is due, we borrowed the term "Semantic Discipline" from a paper titled "Implementation of Opportunity & Risk Management in BAE SYSTEMS Astute Class Limited – A Case Study", presented  at the Fourth European Project Management Conference, PMI Europe 2001, London UK, 6-7 June 2001 by Andrew Moore, Astute Risk Manager & Alec Fearon and Mark Alcock, Astute Risk Team.