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How impact and urgency are used to calculate priority

In Jira Service Management, the impact and urgency of an incident request is used to calculate its priority. This ensures that requests with the highest priority are resolved first. Impact, urgency and priority are defined below.


Impact measures the effect of an incident on a business' processes. Impact is generally based on how your quality of service is affected.


Urgency is a measure of the time for an incident to significantly impact your business. For example, a high impact incident may have low urgency if the impact will not affect the business until the end of the financial year.


Priority is a category that identifies the relative importance of an incident. Priority is based on impact and urgency and identifies the required time for actions to be taken. Impact and urgency are used to assign a priority in your service project.

Learn more about how to create an impact urgency priority matrix


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