What are the different ways of using JIRA as Risk/Issue/Continuous Improvement Logging tool?


I want to use JIRA to log/track risks and issues including continuous improvement items in Agile Methodology.
Here are some of the information I have gathered from my team and would like to get your inputs.

1) Use Labels
2) Use Components
3) Use Sub-task in Spike
4) Prepend the word Risk / Issue when creating a ticket.

NO plug-ins (e.g. Jira Risk Management from jPlugs) suggestions please.
Thanks for your time.

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Labels and components can help, but your best bet is a completely new issue type, at the top level (not a sub-task)

The reason is simple - risks very rarely affect a single issue, they usually have a potential impact on many issues, or even an entire project. So you create them as distinct things in their own right and then link the affected issues to them to represent "there is a risk to this". You then also get the benefits of having fields and workflows that are risk orientated without having to pollute your main isssues with them

I'd think about adding a sub-task of risk as well, if you do want to track risks that only affect single issues.

I'd also consider setting up risk projects (linking still works), if you have risks that affect several projects at a time.

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