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How to Add Acceptance Criteria to User Story

Is my understanding I have to edit Work Item types, but I never done it before- can someone give me the steps?  thanks

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Hi Jose,

Not sure what you mean by Work Item types. You can add Acceptance Criteria using text formatting directly in User Story description or install some add-on like Multiple Checklists for Jira which will help you manage Acceptance Criteria. 



Hi @Jose Hector Rodriguez,

There are no built-in acceptance criteria handling in Jira so you need to use a substitute.

The few possible ways are:

  • add acceptance criteria in the Description field and use available formatting
  • add a multiline custom field named Acceptance Criteria
  • use a third-party app.

When comes to third-party apps, there are many of them available in Atlassian Marketplace.

I can propose Issue Checklist Pro or Issue Checklist Free provided by my team that present acceptance criteria or definition of done in the form of Checklist. They both come with a set of useful features like:

  • blocking issue resolving if acceptance criteria (checklist) is not completed
  • full-screen editor
  • default acceptance criteria for a project or issue type
  • and many more


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