Enabling autonomous teams with independent Jira Cloud projects

We're introducing a new style of project to Jira Cloud: independent projects. These projects come with the new Create independent projects global permission. This permission allows users to create independent projects and is granted to all users with application access to a JIRA product by default.

Currently agility is the only project template available to create independent projects.

What are independent projects?

Independent projects are separate and distinct from traditional Jira projects.

Creating and setting up independent projects does not affect existing Jira projects (or any other independently-managed project).

Independent projects don't share or affect any existing Jira objects or schemes, like:

  • custom fields

  • issue types

  • workflows

  • screens

  • permissions

Soon, independent project owners will set up their own custom issue types, workflows, and fields.

Independently-managed projects free up Jira admins to focus on tasks that relate to all Jira users. They can take more time to set up traditional projects using Jira's advanced configuration capabilities

Teams that create independent projects get more flexibility and agility. They can adapt their working processes on the fly, without reaching out to a Jira admin for help.

What types of projects can users create independently?

Currently, we offer independent projects with Jira Software's agility project template. By default, anyone can create and manage Jira Software's new agility projects.

Gradually, we'll allow users to create independent projects in other project templates.

Can Jira admins manage who they allow to create independent projects?

These new projects come with a new global permission. By default, all Jira Software users can create an independent agility project. You can manage who can create independent projects by granting users and groups the Create independent projects permission in Jira settingsRead more about global permissions.

Help us improve

We will add more capabilities to independent projects and the agility project template. Soon, project admins will see more robust features and improvements as we learn from real-world use. For example, they'll be able to add project-specific issue types, workflows, and fields. 

You and your users can provide feedback directly to our development teams. Look for the Give feedback buttons inside your independent projects. Let us know how you're using these new projects and permissions. We thrive on feedback and love to hear what works, what doesn't and how we can make Jira better for you and your team.

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