Portfolio: Are "themes" only established within one plan? Edited

The company I work for develops products and sells services.  I would like to establish "themes" that answer the question "how should we be spending our time?"  I would like to measure all projects and products against those themes.  Right now, it seems I can only add themes at the individual plan level.  Is that correct?  How can I monitor total effort across all job types for one set of themes?

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Hi @Margie Johnson,


Themes are currently specific to plans. The Program feature currently in Beta (Portfolio for JIRA Server) is meant to aggregate multiple plans and reworking themes to better fit this new model.

Would love to hear more on what Themes would look like for you in programs. Would it be like the current theme report but scaled up to be cross-plans like shared teams would be? Would plan themes make sense or themes should always be global?




@Thomas Barthelemy yes, it would always be global in my instance.  Background:  We are a software development company (vs marketing with digital projects).  We invest in our products (non-billable) and we have specific customer enhancements that are billable.  We obviously spend some time on innovating, etc.  I specifically identified themes with my CEO to establish where we are spending our largest investments across all project types.  Currently, I don't have a use for themes within one plan.

Can you tell me when you expect the themes feature to available across all plans/programs?

Thanks for the feedback @Margie Johnson and details on your use case.


Regarding an ETA, the Portfolio for JIRA Server team is not able to provide an estimated timeline for themes improvement.

As a workaround, would using labels or components instead work for you?

Perhaps!  I hadn't thought of that.  I'll give it a whirl.  Thank you.

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