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How to create the theme and initiative levels in Jira?

Hi people!

Could anyone help us with ideas on how to create Theme and Initiative items in Jira? See that on the Atlassian website these levels are described.

Below is the website link:

In the software (jira and Confluence) we only identify the EPIC, STORY, TASK, SUB-TASK levels.



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That's incorrect.  Jira Software only has levels of Epic, Issue and Sub-task.  Stories are at the issue level, as are Tasks by default (but some admins rename Tasks and then create Task at a sub-task level)

To get Themes and Initiatives, you're going to need apps to create the two layers above Epic. 

Atlassian has Jira Align aimed at large scaled agile installations, and Advanced Roadmaps for smaller users.   Structure is another option for Cloud, as it lets you layer issues aorund the existing levels.

What he ( @Nic Brough _Adaptavist_)  said,  @FLAVIA MONIQUE FERNANDES GOULART  :)

You can learn more about Structure on its Atlassian Marketplace listing.

Full disclosure: I work for the company that makes Structure.

-dave [ALM Works]

Is there a way to do it manually and not have to pay for a third-party app?

Hi, @Patricio Ibarra. No. Unless you already have Jira cloud premium, or Jira data center.  

If you do not, upgrading to one of those platforms would be more expensive than a plug-in. 

Hope this helps,


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I. Riaño I'm New Here Dec 29, 2021

Hello, this is exactly what I m looking for.

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