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Can we add Themes to Portfolio?

We would like to have a hireracy  as Themes> Initiatives > Epics > Stories as our project have multiple dependencies across initiatives.


Ex: we have multiple products tie to one project. So every product there are multiple epics and stories. 

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Atlassian Team
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Dec 20, 2017

Hi Sunitha,

We do have an article titled Themes report that may help:

To create a theme:

  1. Click + Add theme, name it and add a color.

  2. Click the  switch report menu >  Themes.
  3. Click the  Reports tab to display the reports section for your plan.
  4. Go to your plan via Portfolio (in header) > View Portfolio > click your plan.

  5. Now that the target is settled, you have to assign themes to the issues in your scope.

(info) To delete a theme, hover over the right side of the theme row, and click  > Delete.

Hopefully that can help get you started!



Thank you for responding, Branden! 

Could you help me navigate through first step... where exactly I can +Add the Theme? 

I’m able to see Theme option in reports section, but not anywhere else. 




Atlassian Team
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Dec 21, 2017

Hi Sunitha,

I went through the steps and when I got to the section to click the + sign I did not see that option either.  In the middle of the screen there was an option to re-calculate.  When I pressed this I got the following:

Screen Shot 2017-12-21 at 10.31.26 AM.png

Hopefully that helps.  If not please provide a screenshot to show us what you see and we'll go from there.



Atlassian Team
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Dec 21, 2017

Hi there,

A little clarification: Themes are per plan and are not a level of hierarchy as they can apply to different hierarchies.

If you are simply looking for a new level of hierarchy above Initiative that you would chose to call Theme, you can follow to documentation on adding new levels of hierarchy here:




Thank you, Thomas! This is exactly what I was looking. 



I'm able to add a new level. I'm good for now. Thank you for your help.


Just to add my similar experience:

I think part of the confusion here might be that it's not obvious how to create Themes in the first place from the main view(s) in Portfolio. There's no 'Create Theme' button or menu item called 'Themes' etc.

Instead you have to go to Reports, then switch the type of report to Themes, then select Add Theme.

It's illogical and awkward from a newcomer's perspective.

@Ben Bland - Thank you, Ben. I couldn't agree more with you on how confusing for new users. 

"Instead you have to go to Reports"...

... where is that?  I'm using Portfolio 3.2 and I don't see a Reports section in my Plan.

EDIT:  Hmmm... seems to be missing in the "improved" interface.  You have to drop to the original interface in order to access Reports.

EDIT 2:  and even then, it's missing.  It looks like Themes have been dropped from Portfolio and replaced with Roadmaps (see

How utterly confusing.

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I agree, this is very poorly planned/managed and counter-intuitive. I feel like the PM for this particular portion of Portfolio has failed miraculously.

Based on the documentation I searched a long time for themes. No explanation whatsoever that this feature disappeared. 

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