(Updated May 22, 2019)
If you're a Jira admin, you may have noticed that we have two different Scrum and Kanban templates in Jira Software - next-gen templates and classic templates. We've written this article to explain the difference, to help you make the right choice for your team.
Next-gen projects is agile as you know it, and aims to combine the power of Jira with the simplicity you expect. It enables teams to start clean, with a simple un-opinionated way of working, and is poised to progressively add more structure to the way your team works, as and when you need it.
The way we’re approaching the new next-gen experience mirrors this philosophy - we started with a clean slate and we are rebuilding Jira front to back, and progressively disclosing the power to you.
Next-gen will eventually satisfy all the needs that classic projects satisfy today, and more.
The new Jira Software experience is easier to configure and grows more powerful every day. Part of the new experience are next-gen Scrum and Kanban project templates. They provide a streamlined experience, are easier to use, and quicker to set up than classic projects. Think Trello, for software teams. If you're new to Jira, new to agile, or work in a small team, we recommend you start your project with one of these templates.
We're always listening to your feedback and making improvements to these templates based on what you say. If you're keen to help us shape the future of Jira Software, hit the Give feedback button in the project menu. To find out what features are coming next, check out our release notes page.
The classic Scrum and Kanban project templates have all the power and functionality that Jira is known for. These templates have a steep learning curve, but a huge number of options for planning, tracking, and reporting on your team's work. If your team is familiar with Jira, has a mature agile practice, or has a complex workflow, we recommend sticking to these templates.
Complete control over workflows, issue types, custom fields, permissions, and just about anything else you can think of.
Simple setup for issue types, custom fields, permission and status transition rules.
Centralized management by Jira admins
Standardized configuration for the way teams work with the ability to share that configuration across projects. Configuration objects (like issue types, fields, and workflows) are globally reusable across your Jira site.
Independent management by project members
Teams configure their project's settings without impacting other projects. Empowers teams to manage their projects, without bothering a Jira admin or breaking global configuration.
Detailed and granular project permissions. Get more specific about who can do what in your project.
Simple access permissions only. Choose if a project can be accessed by the team, or by everyone on your Jira site.
|In Jira Software (software projects)|
Advanced custom fields
Add custom fields to track more detailed information. Customize your issue types with required fields, default values, checkboxes, dates, labels, selectors, attachments and more.
Basic custom fields
Create custom text, number, date, time, and label fields for your project's issue types.
Required fields, default values and more custom field types and options coming soon.
Priority and resolution per project is coming soon.
Epics and sub-tasks
Group and break down work, allowing teams to get as granular or as high-level as they need to.
Group issues into high-level milestones, themes or categories.
Sub-tasks coming soon.
Story points and time estimation
Estimate your team's current performance and forecast what's to come using story points or time estimates.
Story point estimation only
Estimate your team's current performance and forecast what's to come using story points.
Time estimation coming soon.
Comprehensive agile reporting
Gain insights into all aspects of your team's agile performance such as velocity, cycle times, burndowns, and more.
Essential agile reporting
Track and analyze your team's output with velocity and burnup charts.
Fully customize your workflows, statuses and issue transitions. Automate certain Jira tasks using post functions, validations, and conditions.
Easily automate repetitive actions when you move issues across the board or into new statuses. Rules add more power to your board, allowing you to track work in more detailed ways.
Workflow configuration coming soon.
No counterpart in classic projects.
Roadmap (built into next-gen software projects)
Track your project's milestones, themes or epics with a brand new timeline view. Plan, manage, and visualize epics on your team's roadmap, and share it with stakeholders for easy communication.
New to next-gen projects in Jira Software Cloud? Check out this guide to getting started with next-gen projects.
Would like to know a lot more about next-gen? Watch the new Jira begins now.
Interested in what's coming next? Please visit the public roadmap.
Kevin BuiAtlassian Team
If you use Jira Software Cloud, check out this article to learn about creating a next-gen Scrum or Kanban project. Next-gen projects is agile as you know it, and aims to combine the power of Jira ...
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