What are the best features to use for just task management in JIRA?

My company only needs to use JIRA for for task management. What would be the recommended features that we use? Are there features that we don't need that we can remove?

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Penny Wyatt Atlassian Team Aug 27, 2012

"Task management" is a pretty broad term. But working on the idea that you really just need to be able to create issues, search for them, assign them and mark them as done... you should just be able to use JIRA out of the box - create a project, invite your users, and start creating issues.

However, if you're looking to really cut down on the end-user UI choices, there are some advanced JIRA features that you can turn off. Some quick wins:

  • Time Tracking - if you're not interested in tracking time estimates and logging time spent on issues, you can turn this off from the Time Tracking admin page.
  • Field Configurations - if you go into Field Configurations in the admin section and then the Default Field Configuration, you can hide fields from the system that you're not interested in. By default, JIRA ships with a lot of fields that make sense for software development (e.g. Affects Versions, Fix Versions, Environment) but may not be useful for simple task tracking.
  • Sub-Tasks - if none of your tasks are going to have sub-tasks (i.e. child issues) you can turn these off from the Sub-Tasks admin page.
  • Issue Linking - if you don't need to link issues to each other, these can go too. Issue Linking admin page is the place.
  • Issue Types - by default, JIRA ships with a fair number of issue types. If you're just tracking Tasks, you can get rid of the rest. You can do this from the Issue Types admin page.

Please let me know if I've misunderstood the question.

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