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Hypotheses and Experiment Structure in Jira

Hi All,

I'm implementing a 'hypotheses and experiments' culture, where all product ideas are refined down to a set of hypotheses.  All activities are then focused on testing these; ultimately resulting in a live service/product.  Every ticket, e.g. code this change, change this text, integrate with this service etc. are linked to an experiment and thus a hypothesis.

Do you have guidance on how to set this up within Jira's framework?


Kind regards, 



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Anna-BigPicture Marketplace Partner Apr 15, 2021

Hi @paul.millward

The other solution is to create custom issue types and name them according to your needs.
Afterward, you can link issues based on existing or new links. If you are interested in the visualization of Hypothesis and Experiment Structure and tracking the progress you can use one of the plugins from Atlassian Marketplace like BigPicture/BigGantt.

In BigPicture/BigGantt, you can create an automatic, no-limited number of WBS levels. Task Structure can be created based on both build-in task attributes (e.g., Epic link, Component, Version, Sprint) as well as Jira links.

Please let me know if you have more questions.

Hi, @paul.millward. Welcome to the community.

As you may already know, Jira Sofware revolves around an Epic - Story - Substask hierarchy. If I understand you correctly, your "code this change, change this text, integrate with this service, etc." tickets could be subtasks, your experiments could be stories, and your hypotheses could be epics — problem solved. 

However, I'm going to guess things may not be that simple for you. Maybe epics, stories, and subtasks are already being used and you are looking to add layers to the Jira out-of-the-box trio?

If so you can try this Atlassian Marketplace search to help you find Jira apps that might help you do that:

Full disclosure: The company I work for, ALM Works, makes one of the apps that will show up on that list (Structure), but you'll find others, too. 

If you add some additional details to this discussion, that might lead to other insights and advice.  

Hope this helps, 

-dave [ALM Works]

Thanks Dave, your suggestion makes perfect sense.  I am just checking to see if I am missing a silver bullet in Jira as I am assuming this approach is not unusual.


Dev teams have used Jira traditionally, as you suggested, epics/stories/tasks/subtask etc. and will continue to do so for some projects.  However, for new product development and product growth initiatives, I want to transition to the aforementioned hypothesis/experiment/stories/tasks/subtask.  I may just have to hammer this into the standard structure. :)


Thanks again


Like Michael Gordon likes this

Hi Paul,

We're in an similar situation where we want to track bigger picture + measure outcomes to correct the course. What did you decide with your jira structure?

Thank you,


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