I started a new gig this week, consulting at a very big corporation. It’s been close to a decade since I worked in a large corporate environment, but I spent enough time there early in my career to know what to expect. I haven’t been surprised, though I am noticing little things I might not have in the past. Not sure if that’s because I’ve been writing so much more myself, or it’s just my quirky sense of observation. I have spent my first few days reading various documents, and yesterday, I stumbled on these definitions in a training presentation…
An issue is defined as a situation, problem, or an activity that has happened or is happening which impacts upon the [project]. A project issue needs to be addressed, either immediately or during the project.
Issue: While crossing freeway I got hit by a bus
A risk is something that may happen in the future and have a positive or negative effect on the project.
Risk: When crossing the freeway I might get hit by a car and get hurt.
Mitigation: Find the nearest pedestrian bridge