Uncertainty as a starting point
Isolating the key issues that give cause to question the underlying basis and has the potential to impact, either in a positive or negative sense, the intended outcome.
"Data from more than 300 global megaprojects shows that 65% of industrial projects with budgets larger than $1 billion in 2010 US dollars failed to meet business objectives." (Merrow, 2011)
Clearly identifying, evaluating and clarifying sources of uncertainty support buy-in and ownership.
"Uncertainty involves variables that are unknown and changing, but will become known and resolved through the passage of time, events and actions.
"Risk is something one bears and is the outcome of uncertainty." (Mun, 2010)