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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.

(info) Epics only apply to Scrum boards.

Go to Plan mode to see a list of epics at the left of the screen. Drag-and-drop epics to re-order them. Click an epic's name to view all the issues belonging to that epic, across all sprints:

Screenshot: viewing an epic in Plan mode

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.

11 Comments

  1. Please create a filter/quickfilter in the reporting section where we can filter for Done/Not Done Epics. Currently all the done Epics are in the list, and no idea how to get rid of them, We are mostly interested in viewing the current Epics on the reporting page, but it is full of old, already Done epics. There are occasions where we want to review the finished epics, the we could use this filter to show the Epics which are already closed.

  2. Agreed!  This would be ideal so that the view is not so overwhelming.  

  3. If viewing a task with sub-tasks in JIRA, the "Sub-tasks" list includes Original/Remaining Estimate bar-charts, and percent worked, for each sub-task. And the "Time Tracking" panel allows all sub-task time to be rolled up into an overall total. This means you get a simple overall picture of the parent task's workload, and the sub-tasks' progress, which is very useful.

    Is there any way to get the same behaviour but for Epics and "Issues in Epic", when viewing an Epic?

  4. Similarly, is there any way to base swimlanes on Epics, on a Kanban board?

  5. BUMP. Someone just asked me how to show the time rolled up to the Epic. We have 10 stories inside an epic. Each story has tasks. Everything has an estimate (from the story on down) Yet the Epic doesn't show the estimated time. What am I missing?

    thanks

  6. We have Epics and stories on multiple Projects. It would be really useful to be able to display in a Scrum Board, Plan mode, list of Epics to:

    • prioritzed them quickly (Some Epics are small on our side)
    • do a quick status with Upper-managment: here is the list of epics we have cross projects.

    Curently we use a Kanban board that Display Epics. Works not easy to Plan (sad)

     

  7. Is there a way to group a bunch of Epics together into a larger trackable Epic?  I have a Big Initiative (Implement xyz website) at the Portfolio level and would like to create Features (which is also an Epic e.g. Landing Page, PGP, PDP, etc.) at the Program level. I know VersionOne has this capability but do not want to switch.  thanks, Kathi


  8. Does anyone know how to drag an Epic to a version in the plan board?

    1. Epics are issues that live in projects.  Projects have their own versions.  Long story short, don't think you can drag an epic to a version.  

      You can, however, have epics showing up for various projects through the Agile board configuration.  Just make sure your board query will include content from more than one project (e.g., project in ("Project 1", "Project 2").  All of your epics from each project will show up on the same board.  You can also have versions from the different projects showing up on the same board via the same method (by modifying your board query).  You may need to add identically named versions to your projects (so that Project 1 has a version called Version 3 and Project 2 also has a version called Version 3), if your projects all feed into a master version.

      If you really want to get fancy, you can have project-specific boards where you manage inside the project, and then have one central board that you use for planning (that essentially brings in all of your epics, projects, and the project versions into the same board).

  9. Hello! Please add showing time estimates for epics (as for usual tasks with subtasks) in "Issues in Epic" section (smile)

  10. I have 2 questions about epics:

    1. What's the difference between creating an issue inside an epic and creating a sub-task?
    2. If I use Agile in Work mode, the epic shows up in addition to the epic issues. Why is that? Shouldn't the epic move along through the states based on how its issues move?