Risk vs Issue

Difference between a risk and an issue in project management

A risk is an uncertain event that may impact a project in the future, whereas an issue is a risk that has already happened and will impact the project. The following table summarizes the differences.

An uncertain event that may occurA risk that has already occurred
May impact the projectWill impact the project
Focused on the futureFocused on the present
Can be positive or negativeWill always be negative
Is documented in the Risk RegisterIs documented in the Issue Log
Has a risk ownerHas an issue owner

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Last updated: January 09, 2024