eRMIA: Getting Accurate with Risk Analysis (4/05/2021 AM and 7/05/2021 AM)

11:00am Tuesday, 4 May 2021
3:00pm Friday, 7 May 2021
Professional Development Course

Getting Accurate with Risk Analysis

Getting Accurate with Risk Analysis

“It’s about your data, not big data” - Dr Andrew Pratley, University of Sydney Business School


Bryan Whitefield has teamed up with Dr Andrew Pratley of the University of Sydney Business School to defeat “quantifornication”. Which is Bryan Whitefield’s term for the plucking of likelihood and consequence out of thin air in a risk workshop. In particular when assessing non-financial risks where subjectivity reigns supreme.

Why does quantifornication persist? First, business leaders have become used to using the risk matrix in this way. It gets a result quickly. Second, for many the step to a more robust assessment of risk is perceived as a big one. One involving risk modelling and monte carlo simulations, big data or both.

This course is designed to help risk practitioners overcome both these obstacles. With a unique blend of Andrew’s statistical skills and Bryan as a translator for the risk profession, they will give you a “how to guide” to quantifying risk in a manageable way.

The risk matrix has been instrumental in transforming conversations about risk. However, using subjective assessments of likelihood and consequence means it is being misused. This course will help you transform the use of the risk matrix into the powerful tool it was originally designed to be. One that will help your organisation be an industry leader through A-Grade decision making.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand how to deepen risk expertise through the use of applied statistics.
  2. Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills through the use of statistical hypotheses.
  3. Improve influencing skills through the use of applied statistics to inform decision makers.

Format of the Course

1. Half Day Online Self-Paced Learning

Overview of statistics for non-statisticians

  • How probability works in statistics
  • How statistics help us to interpret and make decisions under uncertainty

Overview of key probability distributions and their application in risk

Overview of key statistical tests for comparing one or more variables and their application in risk

Overview of regression and its application and interpretation in risk

2. Two Half Day Online Learning Workshops

  • Clarify and create a competency in applying statistical methods to risk
  • Discover and apply the iQ3 Framework for applied statistics in risk
    • Questions of Probability – e.g. what is the likelihood?
    • Questions of Differences – e.g. how do these controls compare?
    • Questions of Relationships – e.g. what is the relationship between this cause and consequence?
  • Gain experience with a quick reference guide for applying statistical methods in the field of risk management

N.B. You will need to allow a few hours in between the two in-person half-days to complete exercises to get maximum benefit from the course.

    About the Trainers

    Bryan Whitefield is a management consultant operating since 2001, specialising in risk-based decision making and influencing decision makers, born from his more than twenty years of facilitating executive and board workshops. Bryan’s experience as a risk practitioner includes the design and implementation of risk management programs for more than 150 organisations across the public, private and not-for- profit sectors. Bryan is the author of DECIDE: How to Manage the Risk in Your Decision Making, and Winning Conversations: How to turn red tape into blue ribbon and was President and Chair of the RMIA from 2013 – 2015. He is licenced by the RMIA as a Certified Chief Risk Officer (CCRO) and is the designer and facilitator of their flagship Enterprise Risk Course since 2019.

    Armed with a PhD in Statistics and Engineering, Dr Andrew Pratley has ten years of experience in helping companies see the value in their data. When not helping clients use data to solve their most pressing problems or serving as a subject matter expert in government and legal forums, he lectures in Business Analytics at the University of Sydney Business School and serves as a regular commentator in the media and at industry conferences on issues of data, analytics and insights.

    Events Details

    DATE & TIME Session 1: 11:00am - 3:00pm AEST - Tuesday, 4 May 2021

    DATE & TIME Session 2: 11:00am - 3:00pm AEST - Friday, 7 May 2021

    UTC +10:00

    LOCATION: Online via Zoom

    INVESTMENT: Members $1,875.00 incl.GST

    Non-Members: $2,500.00 incl.GST

    CPD Points: 12

    Group Bookings: For Group Bookings, please contact us via email on or by phone on 02 9095 2500.


    When you register for this course you agree to the RMIA passing your registration details onto our Training Partner, Bryan Whitefield Consulting.

    The time on your ticket when issued is the RMIA server timezone and may differ to the time of the event in your timezone. Please check this registration page for correct TIMEZONE and ACTUAL SESSION TIMES. 

    Registration for each session will close 48 hours prior to the event when final Zoom invitation details will be sent, we cannot guarantee receipt of the Zoom invitation details after this time.


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