An effective risk team:
- Has expertise in the subject
- Knows how to drive decision making
- Includes representatives of all relevant stakeholders
- Is cross-functional and multidisciplinary
- Allows appropriate and applicable empowerment
One of the core jobs of a process owner in risk assessment is assembling this team and ensuring they have the space to do their job. They are often called the champion or sponsor for good reason.
It is important to keep in mind that membership of this team will change, gaining and losing members and bringing on people for specific subsections, depending on the scale and scope of the risk assessment.
The more complex the scope and the more involved the assessment tool, the more important it is to have a facilitator to drive the process. This allows someone to focus on the process of the risk assessment, and the reduction of subjectivity.