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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.
In GreenHopper, an epic is simply an issue of type "Epic", which has a name (e.g. "My Epic") with which other issues can be associated (linked).
This page only applies to Scrum boards.
To create a new epic,
Screenshot 1: the Epics panel (click to enlarge)
Screenshot 2: creating an issue of type "Epic" (click to enlarge)
Completed steps 1. and 2. At step 3., no "Plan" button/link is visible.