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Project Issues and Issue Management
A project issue is a problem that has been encountered in executing project activities. This problem impairs a project’s ability to successfully complete. A project issue is almost always one of these:
A difficulty in completing a work item/task that is already on the project’s plan, or
The discovery that a work item/task (that is necessary for project success) was not identified or scheduled in the project plan
Issue Management in its most basic form is simply:
Identifying a needed work item. This might be a task or milestone on the project plan that cannot be completed as planned or it might be a new project task (one not already in the project plan). Sometimes these work items are called action items that are associated with a standing project meeting (e.g., a weekly project status review meeting); some project managers note these work items on a project issues register and review this list in a periodic issues tracking review meeting.
Resolving the issue by ensuring that this new work item(s) is completed successfully
Wasting time/effort/energy in managing issue resolution
Delaying the completion of issue resolution
Concealing information that should be used in planning subsequent projects
assist the project team to identify, validate, analyze, plan and resolve the most important issues impacting a project.
provide timely, accurate, and complete communication on project issues.
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Managing the Activities to Resolve Project Issues
Bill Hoberecht -
In a perfectly ideal project world, the plan for a project would be fully complete and no internal or external factors would cause disruption in successfully executing that plan. Of course, this is never the case - a plethora of forces conspire to disrupt the calm execution of a project plan. This is a normal aspect of projects, and familiar methods (including change control, replanning, and jeopardy management) are available to address the disruption. One method, in particular, is utilized very frequently on most projects to address difficulties in executing the planned project activities and completing the project successfully: Issue Management.