Manage epics in next-gen projects

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Epics are used to describe a group of issues that all relate to the same, larger body of work. Epics are typically completed over several sprints, or a longer time frame if you don't use sprints. To learn more about epics and how they differ from other issue types, check out our guide on Epics, Stories, Themes, and Initiatives.

This page covers how to create and manage epics outside the Roadmap. However, we highly recommend using the Roadmap to create and manage your team's epics. Check out our Roadmap documentation to learn more. 

Create epics 

  1. Navigate to your project.
  2. In the global menu, select +.
  3. Under Issue Type, select your epic issue type (by default, this is Epic, but it will be different if you've created your own epic issue type).
  4. Enter any details you want and select Create.

View and edit epics

The easiest way to update an epic is by editing it on the Roadmap.

To edit an epic without using the Roadmap:

  1. Click your Jira icon () to navigate to the Jira home page.
  2. Select Issues and filters.
  3. Select Search issues.
  4. Use the search options to find your epic.

Change the color of an epic

To change the color of an epic:

  1. Select an epic.
  2. Select it's color, then choose a new color.

Add issues to epics

  1. Navigate to your board or backlog, or open an issue.
  2. Hover over the issue and select more (•••). 
  3. Select Add to Epic*. 

Issues can only belong to one epic at a time. If an issue already belongs to an epic, the Add epic option is replaced by Change Epic*. 

Classic project issues can only be added to classic project epics, and next-gen project issues can only be added to next-gen projects epics.

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You can select multiple issues by holding Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac) and clicking issues to add multiple issues to an epic at once.

Remove issues from epics

  1. Navigate to your board or backlog, or open an issue.
  2. Hover over the issue and select more (•••). 
  3. Select Change Epic*. 
  4. In the dropdown menu, select Unassign.

* Custom epic issue types

If your project has a custom epic issue type, the word Epic will be replaced by whatever your epic issue type is called.

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Last modified on Apr 4, 2019

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