I'm interested in statistics of all the projects in our JIRA grouping by Project Category. Unfortunately this field does not appear in the available fields for reporting and also it cannot be added to the issue navigator columns.
I think it'd be quite useful to have it.
Has anybody found a way to solve this?
Heh. Category is a really simple flag on a project, and, as you've discovered, pretty much neglected everywhere. Version 4 of Jira at least allowed you to search on it (unlike 3.x), but even 5.x hasn't improved the output.
My answer for Jira 3.6 was to code a really simple derived field that drew it out into the navigator and provided a simple searcher for it. I never had time to fix it for version 4 (the simple select searcher never worked) due to things like paid work, family, social life, cake and beer getting in the way.
You're more than welcome to the code I've left lying around at https://studio.plugins.atlassian.com/wiki/display/JPCS/Jira+Category+Display+field
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