Johari Window

The Johari window is a technique that was introduced by the psychologist named Joseph Luft. It is used by a person to better understand himself and his relationship with other people. The Johari window uses a four room technique to execute this exercise. The Johari window is separated into four parts;

  1. The Arena,
  2. Façade,
  3. Blind Spot
  4. And Unknown.

The person and his peers select adjectives that are related to his personality; The Arena is what the person and the peers perceive him to be, the Façade is what the person the person selects. The Blind Spot is selected by the peers only and it shows that what others think of the person, not the person himself. The Unknown is what the person does not think of himself and those traits and characteristics are there in him but do not show up that often.

How is it used in Risk Management?

The Johari window can be applied in other than finding the personality of a person. The relation of the Johari window with the risk management is that the Unknown unknowns can be applied in the Managements to determine that what the team or the production is lacking or what risks it brings with it. Once the Unknown Unknowns are found, they become Known Unknowns and they are easier to handle in an agile manner. When there are situations when one is not prepared for Unknown Unknowns, the risk are very high and one cannot expect the results that is why it very important to keep the Unknown Unknowns in check and plan out the rest according to that. Unless we know what is coming or what is unknown to us, any project or development or any event it may be, it always involves risks and the only way to tackle that risk is to find out the Unknown and make it known.

— Slimane Zouggari