I have seen documentation explaining that the fields ‘affects version’ and ‘fixed versions’ are for example:
Affects version is the version in which a bug or problem was found. Although it can be useful for tracking problems, it isn't used very often in Jira. Fix version is the version where you plan on releasing a feature or bugfix to customers.
The questions I have based on the explanation of the purpose of these two fields are:
Hi @h kay
Going straight to your questions:
Why are these two fields displayed in my Xray test, test executions, test plans issue types(...)?
Those fields are displayed on the Xray issue types by default, due to clients' demand on the earlier stages of the product.
(...)should we be using them here? e.g. if I populate fixed version with my release number, the test issue type is displayed under the release when really I would expect only requirements displayed under the release as releasable items (i.e. user story and bugs)
That is entirely up to you, we have seen many different version usage from our clients, and it is up to the customer to understand its company work methodology and actions.
Based on the answer to Q1, is it possible to not display these fields in my Xray test issue type?
Of course, you just need to remove them from the issues screens on your project, and they won't be displayed.
Are there any other ways to track these test issue types were used for a specific version xx.xx?
It is possible to do so using some of our built-in reports and enhanced JQL functions.
If you have any more questions, please reach out to us through our service desk.
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