Project management

The project management project template offers a simple workflow, that allows you to start work on a task, and keep working in it until it's complete.

The workflow has three steps: To do, In progress, and Done.

About the project management template

  • Ideal for small and large projects or short-term programs of work
  • Suits personal projects and activities
  • Can be used for ad hoc and 'business as usual' activities where you need to see what is currently 'in progress'

Keep things moving

Use the Jira Core board to quickly view the status of your issues and determine what needs to come next. You can re-order things in the To do column so that your team picks up the most important things.

See Working with boards.

Add project milestones using versions

Projects often have 'checkpoints' or milestones that need to be reached in order to keep the broader project on track. In Jira Core you can use versions as milestones. Once you have set up version, you can organise work into different versions. 

See Organizing work with versions.


Projects are usually made up of well-defined, specific, measurable activities that have one major deliverable or goal. This makes project reporting even more critical to ensuring things get delivered on time. Jira Core includes built in reporting, but you also use your dashboard, and custom filters based on your searches to monitor activities.

Customize issues

The table below shows the specifications for default issues in a project management project. If you're a Jira Core admin, you can customize these defaults. For example, you can add other issue types to the project, or add new fields to this issue type. See Configuring issues.

Issue types Task and sub-task
Issue fields Summary, Issue type, Reporter, Attachment, Due Date, Original Estimate, Remaining Estimate, Description, Assignee, Priority, Resolution and Labels
Resolutions Done, Won't Do, Duplicate and Cannot Reproduce
Priorities Highest, High, Medium, Low and Lowest

Example of a project management project for an IT team


Head office is moving buildings in two months. You need to manage the movement of all IT equipment and prepare the new office infrastructure.


Issue lifecycle

  1. Create an issue for moving the boardroom AV equipment.
  2. Include pictures of the old site and the new site.
  3. Add subtasks for asset count (before an after move), packing and unpacking.
  4. When work commences, move the issue to 'In progress'.
  5. Complete all the subtasks, including one to reconcile the assets at the new site.
  6. Move issue to 'Done'.

Issue details

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We've released a new issue view for Jira Core boards, and we've started to roll it out for the full-page issue view and project issue navigator. The issue detail view will look a little different, some procedures will change slightly, and we have a new editor with markdown support. Take a look at our updates page to see what's changed and get the latest updates, and Work in the new issue view for info on how to complete common tasks.

Key actions

  • Use subtasks to make sure the detailed activities get completed
  • Set a due date for issues that are time-dependent
  • Attach pictures and documents that will help the assignee complete the activity
  • Set a priority so that the assignee knows how urgent it is
Last modified on Aug 28, 2018

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