Working with Epics

An epic captures a large body of work. It is essentially a large user story that can be broken down into a number of smaller stories. It may take several sprints to complete an epic. 

An epic can span more than one project, if multiple projects are included in the board to which the epic belongs.

This page describes how to view epics. Read the following topics to learn more about working with epics.

Viewing an epic

Go to the Backlog to see a list of epics at the left of the screen. Drag-and-drop epics to re-order them (note, this also changes how they are ordered in the Active Sprints). Click an epic's name to view all the issues belonging to that epic, across all sprints (see screenshot below).


  • Filtering by version takes precedence over filtering by epic. This means that if you have a version selected on your board (see Planning a Version), then epics that do not have any issues in the version will be greyed out.

Screenshot: viewing an epic in the Backlog

You can also view an epic issue in JIRA to see a list of the stories (issues) it contains:

Screenshot: viewing an epic in JIRA

(tick) You can also use the JQL Epic Link  field to search for an epic's issues — see the JIRA JQL documentation for details.

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