JIRA Agile 6.6.70 changes the terms "Plan mode", "Work mode", and "Report mode" to "Backlog", "Active sprints"/"Kanban board", "Reports" respectively. For more information, see the JIRA Agile 6.6.70 release notes.

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(info) Note that this page only applies if you are using the Classic Boards (which are no longer being actively developed; read more).


JIRA Agile Classic allows you to create parent-child relationships between versions. For example, you may wish to group your sprints as milestone versions (e.g. "Version 1 m1", "Version 1 m2", etc) under the version for the major release (e.g. "Version 1"). In JIRA Agile Classic, you can set up the major version as the "parent" version for the milestone versions. This allows you to view and track all of the issues assigned to the milestone releases under the umbrella of the major release.

All issues under the child version are considered to be a subset of the parent version. These version hierarchies are useful for managing Releases/Sprints/Teams. For example, if you set 'Version 2' to be the master of 'Version 2 milestone 1', then you will be able to view all the issues assigned to 'Version 2 milestone 1' when you view 'Version 2' on the Planning Board.

Which fix version do I see on the cards?

The version displayed in the summaries and cards is the committed version. If you are using a 'Parent' version, the committed version will be the end-child version where your issue resides. Otherwise, it is simply the version where your issue resides.

To set a version as the parent of another version,

  1. Select Agile > Classic in the top navigation bar. Then select Classic Planning Board from the drop-down below the project name.
  2. Select your project from the project dropdown in the top navigation bar, if it is not already selected.
  3. Change the viewing mode to 'Version' mode.
  4. Locate the box for the version that you want to be the child version in the right-hand column.
  5. Edit the 'Parent' field by clicking the icon which will appear when you hover over the field.
  6. Select the version that you want to be the parent version from the dropdown. The Planning Board will refresh and display your version under its new parent version (see screenshot below). The child version will also have an icon display in its header.

Screenshot: A parent and child version in JIRA Agile Classic


  1. And how can I set up version hierarchy in JIRA Agile? This was one of the main functionalities we used in our projects - how can we achive this when Classic will be shut down?

  2. I have the same question as Pirax.

  3. I would appear that JIRA Agile has removed some key functionality which we used a lot

    • Version hierarchies (project->releases->sprints) and the aggregated reporting (e.g. points) at each level
    • Component hierarchies
    • Epic hierachies (this is perhaps the biggest miss) We have large projects where the epics decompose down into smaller epics (or features) which eventually decompose down into Stories.   Not being able to manage requirements hierarchically is going to impact our large projects in a big way.  Because Epics are managed internally by JIRA in a differemt way now, you cannot use both classic and Agile views concurrently.

    Atlassian - what are your plans, if any, to restore this key functionality to your product?


  4. This is a big problem for us too. I don't understand this functionality removal...

  5. I argee totally. The ability for creating hierarchies for versions and components is a permanently used feture in our development environment too.

    @Atlassian How do you bring back this features when not longer supporting the classic agile board??

  6. Has anyone heard from Atlassian about this? This is something my company would like to use in Agile.