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Looking for information on creating Jira Software or Service Desk projects, including next-gen projects? Head over to Create and edit a project.

Jira Work Management project is a container that holds issues. Issues can be viewed as the packets of work required within a project. Jira Work Management comes with several default project types with preconfigured workflows and issue types, so you can quickly get your project up and running. In this step, we'll use the project management template to help your team plan, organize, and collaborate on their work.

Note that creating and configuring a project is done by an administrator. A project administrator controls user access to the project, and can only configure certain aspects of the look and feel of the project. You should still be logged in to Jira Work Management as an administrator from the previous step. If not, log in with your administrator account.

Create a project 

When creating a project, it needs a name, a key, and a project lead. The project lead is usually the project manager, but can effectively be any user you select when creating the project.  

  1. Choose Projects and select a project, or choose View all projects to visit the projects directory.
  2. Select Create project.
  3. Enter Dragon Design Tees as the project name and choose the Project Management project type.
  4. If prompted to create a link to another application, like a Confluence space, leave that option unchecked for now.

About project keys

Each project has a unique name (for example, Dragon Design Tees) and a unique key. The project key is a unique code that identifies the project, and becomes the first part of that project's issue keys (DDT-1, DDT-2, for example).

Customize your project 

In this step, we'll customize the project avatar and details to help your team identify the project more easily. If you've navigated away from your project, go to Projects > Dragon Design Tees.

  1. From your project's sidebar, select Project settings.
  2. Click select image next to the project Avatar
  3. Choose an icon or upload an image
  4. Enter a URL and Description for your project to make it easier for your team to identify
    These fields display on the project's Summary page.
  5. Click Save details

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To customize the way issues appear in your project, check out Configure field layout in the issue view.

Congratulations! You've now created and customized your first project. Next, we'll add users to your project, and look at how you can set up and restrict access to projects.