I am flabergasted to see that Jira, purporting to be a "Project Management" tool has, after several years, still not grasped what a project actually is. I understand that it might mean different things to different folks but REALLY ! ALL Projects have a START AND END DATE. Look it up on the project management institute site. PLEASE Allow for a status of closed. It is unusable in its present form regardless of whether you feel you have a large number of adopters of your Jira product. ITS pretty SIMPLE- PROJECTS CLOSE ! Allow users to mark them as closed without going through the manual and amateur nonsense you are proposing.
I agree, I also have several projects that I would like to close out and remove from the list of in flight projects...once a project is done, it's done. At some point if changes are needed, even in a true Agile world, a new project should be stood up.
There are a number of open suggestions for Atlassian to allow admins to close or archive projects, here are some of them:
You can vote on these if you like; Atlassian does pay attention to the suggestions and the voting helps them set the priority on enhancements selected for implementation.
Hope this helps, if so please mark this as "accepted" so others can find it easily.
@James_Heaphy, out of pure curiosity what would be an acceptable implementation of closing a project? More precisely in the current Jira application what would you want to see. Currently I have used the project Category for archiving projects. Basically I created Archived and I created an archive permission scheme that I apply to any project I wish to 'hide'. So I'm wondering what are the requirements for closure in your case?
Hi Jack, I see them as completely different concepts and do not want to use something not designed to actually close a project to do so. Why don't I just get a post it and cover them on my screen when displaying projects at a management meeting. Its simple, project management principles have been around longer than Atlassian and one of those simple concepts is that projects close! To answer your question, I would like to see a status with the following flags available : " Open", "Closed" "On Hold"
In closing, I truly believe anyone arguing against this feature implementation doesn't actually know anything about project management agile, full blown, whatever. By its very definition projects have a start and end date. Again, look up any Project management site, any PM discipline! MS Project ?
Do construction projects ever close? How about the Manhattan Project, is that still open ? The Apollo Mission ? Software projects are no different in that concept.
Seriously, get a grip guys!
@James_Heaphy, i wanted to reiterate that I was simply seeking more input from you on what an acceptable implementation would be. It seems that what you would like is to have a "Project Status" value (Open/Active, Closed/Complete, On Hold).
Earler you requested how to raise to Atlassian. I would refer you to jira.atlassian.com where you could open a suggestion. Hope that helps.
Thanks Scott, very frustrating. Of the 3 suggestions you found, the first is so archaic I cannot comprehend that Atlassian would even allow such nonsense to be suggested on one of their forums. The other two don't provide any solutions either. Is there anyway this can be bubbled up to someone at Atlassian rather than hoping they see it in the community? We as large US clients will abandon the product pretty quickly if it cannot be resolved. All I see in all the comments is disbelief and frustration that Jira does not have a simple status "Open" "Closed" . Can Atlassian please start paying attention. Thanks again Scott.
Happy to help! The links I shared are not from the Community Forum, but rather directly from Atlassian's "to do" list. This is where support requests go, including VOC product suggestions, bugs, etc. for the product owners to review.
If there is a particular way you'd like to be able to close out projects you can submit it as an enhancement request here: Support Contact.
Daniel from Atlassian Support here. We are active on Community and care about your pain points! Earlier this year an Archive feature shipped for Jira Data Center. Based on your description, I’m pretty sure the Archive feature addresses your concern.
After archiving a project, the issues no longer show up in search and the project itself only shows up in a list of archived projects. It’s two clicks to archive a project.
Given your organization’s size, Data Center might be something to consider if you’re currently on a Server license. We’d love to get in touch with you and evaluate if Data Center makes sense.
Thanks Daniel, that will have to do I guess. It is not ideal!
In any case, when I get to the Projects Admin screen I see the 3 dots but it takes me to "Project Settings" with no option to archive. We do actually use both an on prem and cloud instance of Jira and it is in the cloud version that I am trying to close a project but your 3 dots are taking you to a different place than mine.
I agree with James on this entire chain. Closing a project is a basic project management feature one would expect on a project solution.
I'd like to advocate that a "close" or archive feature is critical for all versions of JIRA. I'm on JIRA cloud, and struggling with projects that should be "closed" and are currently cluttering up the system.
I don't think using permissions is an acceptable work-around. Using a project status field would be acceptable - if the "closed" status would actually hide the project.
Would be nice to see Atlassian support this.
We are struggling with the same issue, insane in my mind as well to not be able to close/archive something. We want to keep the records for reflection or to look back but not have them on the main board or in other reports. At this point it is creating enough of an issue to start looking for another Agile solution stack.
I, like others in this thread, am completely stunned and frustrated that a simple Project Status option isn't available. It's about the most basic of a PM stat as there possibly is. I want to filter my Project Dashboard to include or exclude any/all projects by New (or Not Started), In Progress, On Hold, and Completed. I don't want to jump through the hoops I've seen offered on these boards like changing project permissions to read-only, or archiving or deleting projects, etc.... Just like JIRA issues have a StatusCategory of "To Do", "In Progress" and "Done", which I use all the time in my filters, projects should be same.
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