I am working with Jira as a project manager for almost 12 years now. The projects I am working with are no pyramids and also no huge ones. My projects are from a few hours of a service task (like setting up an eTraining portal and customize the CI) up to some moths of work (like a plugin release). Sometimes it is just one person who does the operational task and sometimes it´s about 15. But we have always some basic tasks like creating invoices, accounting QA or resource planning that are almost every time assigned to the specialist people that take care of it. So any project (even the small ones) contain the work and task for at least 3 people.
So I was always on the hunt for a good and easy solution that helps me setting up projects and their basic tasks very fast and effective (with minimal overhead).
Jira itself seems to be a good choice as it has already the basic functions (issues and workflows). What I was missing is something the can be used as a project folder to keeps things together and standard workflows.
Epic seem to be the answer: Issues as projects.
After several years of using issues as projects and adding some add-ons to make life easier, I am still working with this setup as it allows me to create a project in less than 2 minutes.
This is an essential part of managing a lot of projects at once and stay in control by lean and visual project management.
Now I am looking for other people that are working in the same way and have found ways to handle their projects fast and easy without much setup work.
I would like to discuss several ways of dealing with that job.
Feel free for comments and suggestions.
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