In JIRA, Project is the core entity which is made up of lot of different things, and issueTypes like Epics , Bugs, Stories are part of the project.
Technically Epic can't be Project in JIRA as Epic is an issueType which is part of Project. Thus, you need to add a project and then add issueTypes to it.
Functionally, how I approach it, is to have Epic within a project represent a phase of the project, i.e. Phase 1 can be an Epic containing stories pertaining to that phase of the project and so on.
Thanks for the feedback, What you have described makes sense however this is not how it has been presented to me hence the post for another opinion.
Can my team have a "dedicated" Scrum area within our companies account that we can set projects up in or not.
If yes how can we do this?
Yes, your team can have a dedicated ScrumBoard in the JIRA. You can set permissions such that the board is readable/editable only by your team. But this ScrumBoard will be using an existing project/projects . Thus you can't have a dedicated Scrum Area wherein you can create projects. Because in JIRA anyone with admin righs can create Projects.
The create button whcih you are clicking is for issue creation and not for project creation. It seems you don't have JIRA admin rights.
Here are the parallels as per my opinion.
Project = Project
Epic = Release Requirement (so that it can be broken into stories)
Story = Business requirment (generally shouldn't be more than 2 weeks of work)
Sub-Task - Implementation details of the Parent Story.
Story - "As a user I should be able to login to application"
Subtask 1- Create design of login page
Subtask 2 - get SSL certi,
Subtask 3 - Setup DB for user authentication
Subtassk 4 - Integration testing.
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