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Can you be a Jira Admin for specific projects, but not be a Jira Admin for other projects? Edited

I'm relatively new to Jira and I believe I am an Jira Admin, but I think I have more permissions for certain types of projects than others. For example, whenever I am working with a classic software type project, I am able to configure the projects board. But when I am working with a classic business type project, I am unable to configure the projects board.

Does this mean I'm a Jira Admin for classic software type projects, but not for classic business type projects? How can I receive the ability to configure boards for classic business type projects?

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Marianne_Miller Community Leader Thursday

There are significant differences between the two, primarily that a software project has standard agile workflows and boards associated, while a business project does not.  You could modify and update the categories to try to force boards based on the workflow, but this probably isn't ideal.  

As a new user, you are probably a project admin.  You should discuss discuss this with your system administrator to understand your access and limitations as well as best practices within your organization.


Hope this helps,



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John_Funk Community Leader Friday

Hi Jude - Welcome to the Atlassian Community!

As Marianne says Business project functionality is very limited in what you can modify - even if you are both a project admin and a Jira admin. If you need to do that, I would suggest you create the project as a Classic Software project. 

Is there any advantage of having a classic business project over a classic software project?

Also, it looks like that I have certain permissions to edit all the existing classic software projects, but not classic business projects. How can I receive permissions to also have permissions to edit classic business projects?

And how can I find out if I am a project admin or Jira admin and for which projects?

John_Funk Community Leader Friday

Classic provides for much for flexibility than Business. I have to say that I NEVER use Business projects for that reason.

If you go to a board for a project and can see the Project Settings menu option on the left hand side, then you are probably a project administrator. 

If you click on the gear icon and can see options for System Settings, Issue Settings, etc. then you are a Jira Admin also. 

Is this what you mean?

I believe I have both? So would that mean I am both a Project Admin as well as a Jira Admin? Because I am still unable to create columns for this project board which is a classic business type.

Project Settings.pngSettings.png

Is this what you mean? I believe this means that I am both a Project Admin and a Jira Admin? But I am still unable to add/delete columns on this classic business project board.

Project Settings.pngSettings.png

John_Funk Community Leader Friday

Correct.  :-)

If this answers your questions, can you click on the Accept answer button to close this one out? Thanks!

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