I'm confused about the purpose of Labels in Jira. In our product backlog, I'd like to have a separation between issues that are fully documented and ready to go into development and issues that are new or "raw" and need some further documentation before the next step.
I thought labels would be ideal for this, but have encountered the following issues:
The only way I've found to make lables visible is the same way I use to create them: select a task and hit the "L" key. It appears labels are being saved, but beyond that, I can't figure out how to make use of them.
Ideally, I'd like labels to show up in the backlog list directly and also be able to set up a quick filter for them.
Can anyone shed some light on this or suggest a better alternative for what I have in mind?
Why not just use a Status for that? When an issue is created it gets the status "To Document" which can transition into "Open". Only show open issues in your development board and you're good to go.
We actually do this since a few weeks and it starts to pay off. We keep track of all the work that still needs to be done before and during development in two separate boards for two different groups of people.
Hope this helps.
Thanks! That sounds like a good setup. Unfortunately, it seems that in my setup, I can't create or add a status to anything. I'm new to Jira, but I did some searching and found that there are different workflows. I guess when a Scrum project and board is created, that's a workflow without status.
I've started using a different hack in that I created an "awaiting documentation" epic and initially add all issues to that epic. This serves the purpose of adding clearly visible labels to the issues in the planning list very well, but it's a misappropriation of the epics feature.
I still don't know more about labels or why exactly I can't have states in my project, so I'm leaving the question open for now.
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