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Why doesn't Jira allow to create or add a task under a story?


So after my researching on this forum and other places, my conclusion is, that Jira doesn't want us to add a task under a story. Given the generally accepted scrum hierarchy Epic > Component > Story > Task > Sub-task, a Jira user will naturally want to see in his sprint board with a story above its tasks above their sub-tasks. In Jira it's only possible to visualize those elements together

A Story and its Sub-tasks, which looks like this:

Story A

    Sub-Task 1

    Sub-Task 2

A Task and its Sub-tasks

Task A

    Sub-Task 1

    Sub-Task 2

Can anyone (from Jira) explain the reasons why doesn't Jira allow the visualization of tasks below a story?

Story A

    Task 1

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Its demented logic that Jira has 2 types of 3-level structures and does not allow the Epic>Story>Task>Subtask structure, which naturally makes sense. No wonder the software is so difficult to use for even the most basic planning.

I Could not agree with you more.

Hi @Vinh

in Agile you have Epics that group together (user) Stories and (as far as I'm aware) Tasks in Jira are allowed (with all the other custom issue types) so you can add your own maintenance or non-developing related actions.

There's no plan to introduce more hierarchy than Epic > Story/Bug/Task/Other > Sub-Taks/Other

However, should you want infinite hiearchy, you can try

I hope this helps a bit.

Thank you @Krisztian Kovacs for the clarification of the common used hierarchy. Totally agreed with you there

But that does not exactly answer my question, which is about why can't you sub-order tasks below a story, which seem natural to a lot of Jira users. (I edited my question with some "text visualization")

One question:

Why do you see Story and Task on the same level in "Epic > Story/Bug/Task/Other > Sub-Taks/Other"

I thought the structure has 4 levels like this: Epics > Stories > Taskes > Sub-Tasks

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oh no, it has only 3 levels

  1. epic
  2. task-type issues
  3. sub-task type issues

you could try issue linking, that would show you tasks on a story's issue detail page.

what do you think?

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