In project management lingo the noun ‘issue’ is a risk that has now become a reality. We may or may not have identified the issue when it was a risk or potential issue, and may or may not have implemented some risk response measure. So a project issue may be a risk that has not been fully mitigated and which now threatens project success. And of course a project issue may not have been foreseen at all – perhaps a key project team member has suddenly and unexpectedly left the project. That’s an issue.
Some practitioners argue that all issues are problems, but not all problems are issues. The distinction that is sometimes made in the project management world is that ‘problems’ can be resolved at project management level, whereas ‘issues’ are those problems that need to be … Read More »