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Project management - Organize issues using labels

by Abhith RajanFebruary 06, 2019 · 3 min read · Last Updated:
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Labels are a good way to categorize the tasks. But having too many in an unorganized way results more clutter. Here is my way of labeling issues/tasks. This is the way I organize my tasks in GitHub, GitLab and in Jira.


Indicating the area to which issues belong.

area:optimizationFine tuning works


Used to prioritize the issues.

priority:highRequires immediate attention
priority:mediumRequires attention soon
priority:lowDoes not require immediate attention


Indicating the current stage of the issue.

stage:investigatingSomeone is looking into this
stage:wontfixDoes not regard this as an issue or will not implement this feature
stage:backlogPrioritized to be picked up in current sprint
stage:proposalNo work has been done of this issue
stage:awaiting responsePotential fix was proposed; awaiting response
stage:pending releaseWorks associated with this issue is done but not deployed
stage:ready for workThe issue is reproducible and in scope
stage:needs informationNot enough info to reproduce the issue
stage:needs reviewWork done but needs review
stage:needs investigatingSomeone needs to look at this
stage:work in progressSomeone is working on it#68db1c

Stage labels like in progress, backlog etc can be skipped in GitHub if you linked the issue to a project which has relevant columns matching these stages.


Used to categorize the issues.

type:choreWork is required w/ no deliverable to end user
type:duplicateThis issue already exists
type:featureNew feature that does not currently exist
type:enhancementRequested enhancement of existing feature
type:breaking changeRequires a new major release version
type:user experienceImprovements needed for UX

Colors will be updated later (Or you can suggest).

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