Understanding the Two Issue Types in JIRA

Dan LeFebvre
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In this video we'll get a good understanding of the two types of issue types in JIRA.

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English [Auto] This video will get a better understanding of the two issue types in Jira. So enjoy or just about everything is about sorting issues their stories bugs epics they're all a type of issue. Now the terminology here is really confusing. But at last the end boils down these issue types into two types of issue types. There's a standard issue type and a sub task issue type. So these are all of the Ishy types in Jira that come by default so there's bug epic improvement. New feature story task and subtask now by default these six are what Jira refers to as standard issue types. And then this one down here is a sub task issue type. So subtask itself is an issue type but subtask is also a type of issue type. So that's why it can be a little bit confusing as far as the terminology is concerned just to kind of get a better understanding of this. There's the standard issue types so bug is a standard issue type epic is a standard issue type. Improvement is a standard issue type new feature story task and so on are all standard issue types. And then there's a sub task issue type and one of those sub task issue types just happens to be called subtask. So it's a little bit on the nose but you can create what ever sort of subtask issue type that you want and call it whatever you want here inside of Jira. Now the way that these different Ishy types work in Jira is that you're going to have your standard issue type that is basically the parent in the hierarchy. And then subtask as you could probably guess is going to be the child in that hierarchy. So for example let's say we have a bug standard issue type so bug is a standard issue type and then subtask would live underneath that standard issue type. Same with story Same with feature requests. These are all just examples of the different standard issue types. And then the subtask issue type beneath it. All right so now that we have a better understanding of what the two issue types are in our next video will look at where we can create or edit them inside of Jira.