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In JIRA, when creating a new issue, i am presented with a number of choices, some of which look like they don't belong.

For example:

"New Feature". This should be a part of a story right? How can one chose when to use "New Feature" and when to use a "Story"?

"New Feature" looks like a type to me or a "Story" to me.

Or, take for instance "Improvement". We can start a whole project with it's own "Epic" for the sole purpose to improve a bunch of things. Should such work be filed under an "Epic" or under something else?

Please clarify

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JIRA is a generic issue tracking system. It presents you with a number of pre-configured options which are thought to be useful to the majority of users as they start out.

Every team that uses agile methods needs to come to its own definition of what exactly a "Story" is or an "Epic", and whether or not "Story" and "New Feature" are equivalent. Once you have settled on these internal definitions, you need to go and either customize JIRA so that it fits your process, or make some kind of mapping between the two.

For what it's worth, my own definition for these items is: An Epic consists of one or more Features, and each Feature consists of one or more Stories. And Improvement would possibly be either a single story, but it could span multiple stories (for big improvements) or one story could be collection of a lot of minor improvements (sometimes also called tweaks). But, as said, you need to arrive at your own definition of what exactly these words mean in your team.

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Just found this, and wanted to add that this doesn't really fit with Greenhopper (the Agile add-on for Jira), but works in core Jira using Issue Linking (I'm assuming). To use it in Greenhopper, you don't have the ability to link as you suggest. –  Martin May 20 '13 at 16:29
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