Debrief: Assumptions analysis and the Johari Window

Debrief: Assumptions analysis and the Johari Window

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You were previously presented with a scenario of a risk identification workshop and asked how two techniques could be applied to it. Here’s a suggested answer:

Question 1

How can an assumptions analysis technique be applied to this scenario? What would be the benefit of applying this technique?

The logistical staff should be asked to list all of the assumptions they are making regarding existing procedures and controls, based on the shared properties of the two materials. They should also be asked to test the validity of each one, specifically what might occur if the assumption turns out not to be safe.

This will benefit the identification of potential threats that may exist.

Question 2

How can the Johari window technique be applied to this scenario? What would be the benefit of applying this technique?

With the help of the facilitator, everyone involved in the workshop should be asked to bring their knowledge of risk to light based on their experiences, especially the specialists who are involved in the session. The more risks that can be brought into the open area of the window (“known unknowns”) will help the group understand each other’s positions and perceptions.

The primary benefit of this technique is to help the group to consider perspectives that are either not yet known to them individually or to others in the group. This could help to validate or invalidate some of the previously made assumptions.

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In this Course, you’ll learn about the second step in the MoR4 process cycle: Identify threats and opportunities and its framework. You’ll look at the purpose, objectives, theoretical activities, supporting documents, and the key roles in this process.

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