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How change epic rank directly (without drag & dropping)

Dear community,


My portfolio plan has hundreds of epics. It is extremely tedious to prioritize by dragging and dropping. Is there a way to directly change an epic's order/rank?


Thanks in advance

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Hi @Michael Kogan , at the moment we don't have a faster way of doing this. It's a known problem and we're working on a solution (basically adding a 'rank' option to the bulk actions). However I can't say exactly which release of Portfolio will include this. 

At the moment the options we were thinking of adding are:

  • Top of plan
  • Bottom of plan
  • Above specific issue (choose issue)
  • Below specific issue (choose issue)

Would this work with your needs? 

Hi @samrobertsofficial ,


The options above will work, although it would be even better if there will be an option to explicitly set the rank value (that would be equivalent to the "Above specific issue" option with the issue which had that rank).

Analyzing our methodology a bit more we have come to the conclusion that the root cause of the reason for which we need effective rank editing is the fact that Portfolio changes the rank uncontrollably, contrary to what one might expect. I think this happens due to automatic release suggestion feature, but it is annoying. I would expect that the only way to change rank is by user, explicitly (or by Calculate button at the very least). Today Portfolio changes the order as it pleases. Is there a way to disable auto-suggestions?




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Mirek Community Leader Apr 23, 2019

I use this way when I have huge backlog. I create few future sprints call them as you want .. I name them .. "Important", "Not important", "Clean" .. etc. and then instead of drag and drop simply right click on the issue and choose "Send to" .. and click on the name of the temporary sprint that you created. After ranking simply remove (or keep if you want) those future sprints and you are done.

Ps. Please keep in mind that you can select and move multiple issues. That should be a lot of faster than drag and drop.

Mirek, I was talking about Portfolio for Jira - you are probably talking about Jira Agile. In Portfolio there is no way to create sprints.

Mirek Community Leader Apr 23, 2019

Yes, I missed that part somehow that it is for portfolio.. I read to fast sometimes :( .. Anyway I would get back to you if I found anything for you specific problem. 

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