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JIRA Projects for Software Product Lifecycle


My team has recently taken responsibility for a software product.

v4.0 is in production.

And we have a KANBAN board to handle the backlog of field issues.

A new v4.1 release is being worked upon.


How does one model a product life cycle in JIRA?

I create a single project for the product? (this way I keep a single backlog for the entire product)

And use versions to capture different releases?

Epics to capture features? ( a large body of work)

Stories to capture functionality

Tasks & sub tasks to capture the actual measurable eng work.

Components to track work (issues) from various angles. Product component, feature, theme (security, I18N...)

Please help with your suggestions



2 answers

We are using our KANBAN project as you mentined.

It is better to have one backlog for the same product.

We use JIRA 7.10 server version.

Additional suggestions:

1. We place SP estimates at story-level (i.e. New Feature, Improvements, Defects, Tech Debt, Chores).

2. Sub-tasks are used only for work which can be done in parallel (and without SP estimates)

3. JIRA Component field is used for the different modules within our tool.

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