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The ATOM Book

Practical Project Risk Management: The ATOM Methodology by David Hillson and Peter Simon offers a realistic and proven approach to project risk management that really works, packed with tips and hints to demystify the risk process, and providing generic templates and guidelines to support real-world application.

The book gives full “How to” guidelines for implementing ATOM on your project. If you want to know how to do it, this book tells you how!

VideoDavid Hillson introducing Practical Project Risk Management

NEW: Third Edition

The fully-revised third edition was released in 2020, published by Berrett-Koehler, with expanded guidance on facilitating risk workshops, and applying the ATOM Methodology for programmes and portfolios. Other aspects of the methodology were also refreshed to reflect the latest best practice.

3rd Edition Book

Previous Editions

1st Edition BookThe first edition in 2007 captured David and Peter’s many years of experience in managing risk in projects, turning their expertise into a simple scaleable methodology that could be applied on any project of any size in any industry.

2nd Edition BookIn 2012, David and Peter updated the book to take account of new developments in the field of project risk management, and the second edition received the 2013 PMI David Cleland PM Literature Award for the book that “most significantly advances project management knowledge, concepts and practice.”


Buy your copy online at the publisher’s website here (available in paperback, pdf and e-book formats). Members of the BK Community are eligible for significant discounts.

Practical Project Risk Management Book

What our readers think...

The principles in this book are easily transferable to a practical work environment and add real value to projects and programmes, with a logical and comprehensive methodology. This book is a must read for any Risk Management professional!

Caitlin McGlone, Project Controls Engineer (Risk), Turner & Townsend, UK

Other books claim to look at risk management from the user perspective, but this one achieves it. With fully joined-up thinking, you can easily follow and apply the approach directly: it is a complete kit for the practitioner. If you need a book that covers everything in a very accessible way, then this is it, with a direct but easy-to-read style. One book for all, irrespective of the size or complexity of your project, program or portfolio.

Dr Brian Atkin, Project Management Academy, QUT, Australia.

Our risk management process applies the ATOM Methodology for all our projects of different kinds and sizes. This approach has allowed us to reduce our overall risk exposure significantly within a relatively short time, saving money for the company, and also allowing our project managers to sleep better.

Christof Wessely, Head of PMO & Delivery, Frequentis AG, Austria

At last, a clear, concise, and complete “How to” practitioner’s guide to project risk management. The major concepts are simple and repeatable on all projects. This book provides “common-sense” risk management in clear, concise writing that everyone can grasp, understand, and implement.

Charles W. Bosler Jr., CPCM, Chief Risk Officer for RiskTrak International, USA

This book gives real-world advice to project managers and risk practitioners on doing risk management properly. Its rigorous methodology provides practical steps linking everyday actions to the achievement of project objectives, leading to more predictable project results.

Clint B. Dietze, P.Eng., M.Eng., PMP, Director of Project Services, Tyco Thermal Controls, Canada
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