Creating risk actions

After you define risks, you can create a Risk Action work item to track your efforts to mitigate a risk by using a strategy.

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By default, this feature is available in the Formal Project Management process template. If you are using the Scrum process template, you can enable this feature by customizing the template. For more information about customizing the template, see Adding formal project management features to a process template.


  1. Click Work Items in the main menu. From the Create Work Item section, select Risk Action.
  2. In the work item, enter information about the risk action. Make sure that you select a strategy from the Strategy Type field. By default, some strategies are defined as enumerations for the process template. You can define new enumerations in the project area editor.
  3. Optional: On the Links tab, complete the following steps.
    1. Click the down arrow on Add and select Resolves.
    2. In the Add Links window, select a project area, and in the Type list, select Risk.
    3. Enter the work item ID, and click OK. The Risk Action work item now links to the risk that it resolves.
  4. Click Save. After you add the Resolves link from a risk action, a Resolved By link is added to the defined risk. The Resolved By link indicates the risk action to resolve the risk.

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