I have a number of existing standard JIRA projects which were created before we started using Greenhopper/JIRA Agile.
I am wondering what the best way to convert these pojects over to Agile would be, or would I need to archive the old project and start a new one under the correct template?
Theoretically, you just need to enable the project in "JIRA Agile". Practically, you might want to review your workflows, see if you want to make them Simplified workflows etc. You might also want to change the way to use estimates - Story Points or time estimates.
Most of these can be done in the old project itself.
If I were going to update an existing project for use with Greenhopper/JIRA Agile, I'd do the following:
1. Add the project to the enabled projects list for the plugin
2. Double check that my issue type scheme includes Epics, Stories, Tasks and Bugs (those are the only issue types I think of as essential for agile, I don't use JIRA's subtasks because we don't like the way they're represented on the planning board)
3. Make sure you've got a screen scheme for epics that includes the "epic name" field
4. Decide whether you'll be doing your estimates in time or story points and add the appropriate field to your create screens so folks can estimate as they go
With those pieces in place, most of the rest of the customization you'll want to do will be done through the rapid board itself.
I hope this helps and I didn't totally misunderstand what you're looking for :)
I would like to ask this question with the latest version of JIRA (server version 7.1.2).
I have an existing Business project and changed the project type to Software and added the Epic fields into the issue type "Task" but I am not able to create Epics through this project.
I arrived here looking to answer the question "how to change a jira project to scrum" - which I think is the essence of the question. From a practical point of view - to manage the project as agile the final step is to create a board, specifying your project as the target project - creating a board is done from the view all boards screen.
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