Tracking a Requirement in Jira


Any one have suggestions on how to best track a requirement in JIRA that spans over multiple epics/stories etc?



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Tracking a requirement is not exactly scrum, so JIRA doesn't have an easy way to deal with that natively.

If it's just a one-time need, maybe you could use an Epic as the requirement, and link it to the related stories.

If that's a recurrent need, then you need some sort of new methodology.

This is something interesting that you could look at. SAFe is vast and somewhat complex, but here are some basic tips:

  1. Store your requirements in a different project. You can use a specific issue type.
  2. Make a new Issue Link type (implements / implemented by) to link the development stories to your requirements.
  3. Have some sort of filter to track your requirement issues

Now, point 3 is the tricky part. The Structure plugin would let you make a complex hierachy of issues, so you'd have requirement>epic>story>subtask. It's really neat and lets you see sums of estimated and spent times, so you have a very quick view of everything related to the requirement.

That plugin is a bit expensive though. And not exactly easy to configure in such a way that the hierarchy would be automatic, and not just you manually drag and dropping issues around. 

There might be other plugins out there that do something that would help you. But I think Issue Links are the key here.

Good luck!

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