Use Jira Work Management for project management

The project management project template offers a simple workflow, that allows you to start work on a task, and keep working in it until it's complete.

The workflow has three steps: To do, In progress, and Done.

Workflow with to do, in progress, and done statuses.

About the project management template

  • Ideal for small and large projects or short-term programs of work

  • Suits personal projects and activities

  • Can be used for ad hoc and 'business as usual' activities where you need to see what is currently 'in progress'

Keep things moving

Use the business projects board to quickly view the status of your issues and determine what needs to come next. You can re-order things in the To do column so that your team picks up the most important things. See Working with boards.

Subtasks on business boards

Business boards like this one don't show subtasks on the board itself. Open each issue to view its subtasks. For a more flexible board, check out Jira Software's kanban board.


A Jira Work Management business project board with Jira issues.

Add project milestones using versions

Projects often have 'checkpoints' or milestones that need to be reached in order to keep the broader project on track. In business projects you can use versions as milestones. Once you have set up version, you can organise work into different versions. See Managing versions.


Projects are usually made up of well-defined, specific, measurable activities that have one major deliverable or goal. This makes project reporting even more critical to ensuring things get delivered on time. business projects includes built in reporting, but you also use your dashboard, and custom filters based on your searches to monitor activities.

You can use labels to sort issues into groups and find them easily in search. On an issue, find the Labels field and start typing to create or select a label.

Customize issues

The table below shows the specifications for default issues in a project management project. If you're a business projects admin, you can customize these defaults. For example, you can add other issue types to the project, or add new fields to this issue type. See Configuring issues.

Issue types

Task and subtask

Issue fields

Summary, Issue type, Reporter, Attachment, Due Date, Original Estimate, Remaining Estimate, Description, Assignee, Priority, Resolution and Labels


Done, Won't Do, Duplicate and Cannot Reproduce


Highest, High, Medium, Low and Lowest

Example of a project management project for an IT team


Head office is moving buildings in two months. You need to manage the movement of all IT equipment and prepare the new office infrastructure.

Issue lifecycle

  1. Create an issue for moving the boardroom AV equipment.

  2. Include pictures of the old site and the new site.

  3. Add subtasks for asset count (before and after the move), packing and unpacking.

  4. When work commences, move the issue to In progress.

  5. Complete all the subtasks, including one to reconcile the assets at the new site.

  6. Move issue to Done.

Issue details

Jira task in the to do status to create a contractor resources spreadsheet.

Key actions

  • Use subtasks to make sure the detailed activities get completed

  • Set a due date for issues that are time-dependent

  • Attach pictures and documents that will help the assignee complete the activity

  • Set a priority so that the assignee knows how urgent it is

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