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Epic, Base, and Subtask Issue Type Levels

I need to create a hierarchy of issues in Advanced Roadmaps as follows:

  1. Strategic Initiative
  2. Epic (epic type)
  3. Feature (epic type)
  4. Story(s) (base type)
  5. Subtask(s) (subtask type)

In this scenario the Feature is serving as the Epic for the stories in my part of the organization, but other areas within the org using the same Cloud instance use the out-of-the-box Epic issue type as epics. 

Did something change recently? I tested this out in April before our migration to the Cloud and I was able to successfully set it up, but now I am not.

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Hi Scott,

Thanks for getting in touch!

The current state of affairs in Jira Cloud is that the custom hierarchy which you've defined in Advanced Roadmaps is unfortunately only visible within Advanced Roadmaps. In the rest of your Jira instance everything will default back to the standard hierarchy and use Epic as the Epic type. I think this might be the reason other parts of your org are using the out-of-the-box Epic issue type? Do let me know if not though and I'd be happy to dive into this further with you.

While I understand this is frustrating at the moment, I'm happy to share that we are currently working on enabling custom hierarchies throughout Jira, and allowing for Epics to be renamed! You can read our announcement blog post here for more information.



Thanks Daniel, I'll check out the blog post.

Has this recently changed?  I could be mistaken, since I was still very, very new to Advanced Roadmaps, but I remember testing this out in April before our migration to the Cloud and I was able to successfully set it up, but now I am not. 



No problem, Scott!

From what you've mentioned in your messages, I'm assuming you previous got this hierarchy set up on a Jira Server instance? At the moment it is possible to rename epics and configure a custom hierarchy above the epic level throughout Jira on a Server instance, however this is not yet possible on a Cloud instance.

I emphasis yet because the team here (myself included!) are currently focussing all of our efforts on bringing these features to Jira Cloud. Unfortunately this project was larger than anticipated so the estimated release of mid-2022 mentioned in the linked blog post won't be met, but we're working hard to get these new experienced released as soon as possible.

If you'd like to stay on top of updates for these features you can hit the "Watch" button at the bottom of that post to get notified of any updates.

Let me know if there's anything else I can help clear up for you!



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