Dashboards and Scrum boards are not issue containers, they are a view of things (mostly issues that live in project containers)
To get an issue to appear on a board, the board's filter simply needs to include the issue. So look at the filter - mostly they are simple ones like "project = xyz", but they can be complex. You need to make sure the board filter returns the issues you want it to cover in the first instance.
Sorry, I should have said
Go ahead and set up your project. Your dashboards might need to be reconfigured to look at the issues in it. Your board(s) can be created at the same time as the project, or later (the "create board from existing project" option is quite neat, and you can still go back and change the filter for it later)
I have multiple projects that use variations of the same base workflow. The variations depend on the requirements of the project or issue type. The variations mostly come in the form of new statuses ...
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