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Your plan must be configured to use issue links in Jira Software, and the relationships between issues will need to be defined in a way that’s suitable for your team. For more information, see the Configure plan settings and Configure your instance pages.

Dependencies in Advanced Roadmaps indicate which issues are contingent on others being completed first. On your timeline, dependent issues will have numbered badges at either end of the schedule bar based on dependency type. There are two types of dependencies in Advanced Roadmaps:

  • Incoming dependency (“is blocked by”) means the issue is dependent on the previous issue being completed, indicated by a badge on the left side of the schedule bar.

  • Outgoing dependency (“blocks”) means the issue blocks the next issue being started, indicated by a badge on the right side of the schedule bar.

Advanced Roadmaps places a badge at either end of the issue’s schedule bar to indicate dependencies. Select the badge to open an expanded view of the issue's dependencies, as shown below:

The badges turn red if there are conflicting dates:

Warnings and dependency scheduling is based on whether your plan handles dependencies sequentially or concurrently.

If you have set Advanced Roadmaps to show lines, you can also view a specific dependency between two issues in your plan. Select the line that connects two issues to open the flyout shown below:

If the dependency connects to an issue not included in your plan, or if the line can't be displayed for any other reason, Advanced Roadmaps will show the icon instead. Learn how to monitor dependencies on your timeline.

Add a dependency

There are two ways to create a dependency in your plan.

Manually configure a dependency

To create a dependency from your timeline:

  1. Select an issue’s badge icon from the timeline section of your plan.

  2. In the flyout that opens, select + Add dependency. Create an incoming or outgoing dependency using the blocked/is blocked by menu, and designate an issue.

  3. Select the checkmark to confirm your choice.

Drag-and-drop

Another way to create a dependency is using the drag and drop feature. If you use this method, Advanced Roadmaps automatically configures incoming and outgoing dependencies based on their position in your timeline.

To create a dependency using the drag and drop feature.

  1. Select an issue’s dependency badge icon from the timeline section of your plan, and drag it to the schedule bar of the issue to which you want to link it.

  2. Release the icon to create a dependency.

Remove dependencies

Removing dependencies from issues will only dissolve the relationship between the issues. It won't remove the issues from the plan.

To remove dependencies from an issue:

  1. Display an issue’s dependency details by selecting the dependency badge or the line that connects the two issues (if enabled).

  2. Select the trash can icon to remove the dependency.

Last modified on Jun 15, 2021

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