Organizing work with components

Components are sub-sections of a project. They are used to group issues within a project into smaller, more manageable groups. You can set a default assignee for a component, and this will override the project's default assignee for issues in that component. 

You need to have the project-specific Administer Projects permission or the JIRA Administrator global permission to be able to:

  • Add — create a new component against which issues can be aligned
  • Select a default assignee — choose who is automatically assigned issues with that component assigned
  • Edit — change a components details
  • Delete — remove a component

Once a component has been created for a project, the 'Component' field becomes available for your issues. If you cannot see this field on your issue, your project may not have any components yet, or the field is hidden from view.

On this page:

Managing a project's components

The easiest way to manage a project's components is through the Components page.

  1. Choose   >   Projects, and click the name of the project.
  2. Choose Components in the sidebar. The Components page is displayed, showing a list of components and each component's details. From here, you can manage the project's components as described below.

Adding a new component

  1. The Add Component form is located at the top of the 'Components' screen.
  2. Enter the Name for the component. Optionally, enter a Description and select a Component Lead and Default Assignee (see options below).

Selecting a default assignee

You can optionally set a default assignee for a component. This will override the project's default assignee for issues in that component. If an issue has multiple components, and the default assignees of components clash, the assignee will be set to the default assignee of the component that is first alphabetically.

Default assignee option

Description

Notes

Project Default

Issues matching this component will have the assignee set to the same default assignee as the parent project.

 

Project Lead

The assignee will be set to the project leader.

If the project leader is not permitted to be assigned to issues in the permission scheme, this option will be disabled and will say "Project Lead is not allowed to be assigned issues".

Component Lead

The assignee will be set to the component leader.

If the component leader is not permitted to be assigned to issues in the permission scheme, this option will be disabled and will say "Component Lead is not allowed to be assigned issues". The Component Lead option will also not be available if the component does not have a lead assigned to the component. Instead, under this option, it will say "Component does not have a lead".

Unassigned

The assignee of the issue will not be set on the creation of this issue.

This option will only be available if "Allow unassigned issues" is enabled in the general configuration.

Editing a component's details

  1. On the 'Components' screen, hover over the relevant component to display the pencil icon.
  2. Edit the component's Name, Description, Lead, and Default Assignee.
  3. Click the Update button to save your changes.

Deleting a component

  1. On the 'Components' screen, hover over the relevant component to display the Delete button.
  2. You will be prompted to associate these issues with another component if you wish.
Last modified on May 5, 2017

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