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Creating and Managing an Issue Category Field

I want to categorize issues according to different product areas.  Is it possible to create an issue category field that is populated by product managers and engineering managers but viewable to all? 

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Justin Mcgallian
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Jan 10, 2023


this issue has been quiet for a while, but I thought I would add in some newer info.  

A more recent thread from 08/22 mentioned this and recommended this solution to add categories.  Essentially, it is:

1. Go to list view

2. Pick an issue you want to categorize

3. Type the new category in

4. Press Enter

The new category will now appear

If you don't do this from the list view (i.e. if you do it from the board tab), it will not create the new category

Sarah Proudfoot
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Mar 29, 2023

This has been driving me nuts all day, and it turns out I was doing it from the wrong view. THANK YOU

In Jira team managed project by default (at least when I have used 'project management' template when creating the team managed project) there is 'category' field for the issues. I cannot find anywhere option to edit the list of available categories in this field. As I presume in team managed teams are able to manage every aspect of the project?


So the question is - where to edit category field available values for team managed project?

The new business project gives option to group by category. I could add a new category on the issues list page but assignment does not show the category. Also the issue details does not show the newly added category. 

Components are good, but cannot group by components (as there could be more than one per issue)




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Jimmy Van (GLiNTECH)
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Apr 30, 2019

Hi Jackie,

Try using components.

Product managers and engineering managers will need to be project admins, but they can create them without anyone else intervening, and all users can see them.

You can read more here -

Thank you Jimmy! I will look into this. 



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