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In Jira, an issue can have subtasks that can be assigned and tracked individually. This allows you to break down the work in your project to smaller, more manageable pieces.
Add a subtask issue type
Subtask issue types are different from regular issue types. If your project doesn't already have a subtask issue type, you'll need to add one.
Navigate to your team-managed software project.
Go to Project Settings > Issue types.
Select Add issue type.
You can create subtasks under any standard issues, like stories, bugs, or tasks. Note that you cannot create subtasks under epics or other subtasks.
When viewing an issue
On the board or backlog, select an issue.
Select Add a child issue
Enter a description for the subtask and select Create.
On the board
On the board of your team-managed project, next to Group by, select Subtask (project admins only).
Select Create issue (+) to create a subtask under that issue.
View subtasks on the board
Note that only the project admin can access this setting.
Navigate to the board in your team-managed project.
In the Group by dropdown, select Subtasks. The headers for each swimlane will be your regular issues, and the cards underneath each header represent your project's subtasks. You can then move those subtasks between columns like you would any other issue.
When a parent issue is cleared, its subtasks are also cleared, regardless of each subtask’s status. This means that if a subtask belongs to a parent issue that’s been cleared from the board, the subtask won’t be visible.
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