What is a RAID log? Definition & Key Areas

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What is a RAID Log?

RAID is an acronym that stands for Risks, Actions, Issues, and Decisions. A RAID log is a project planning tool for identifying key (R)isks, (A)ssumptions, (I)ssues, and (D)ependencies. At the beginning of the venture, the project team identifies events, activities, and individuals that will or could impact the successful completion of the project. If required, further analysis and detail can then be added to each priority item, and their status monitored.

The RAID log focuses on four key areas:

Risks – events that can have an adverse impact if they occur.
Assumptions – things you assume are in place contribute to the project's success.
Issues – current matters that need to be considered and addressed by the group.
Dependencies – other projects or triggers that your project depends on, or are a beneficiary of your project outcomes.