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I got some excellent help in a previous thread about how to create Initiatives:
However, I can't seem to make the next step, which would be to be able to associate an Epic TO an initiative. I feel like there may be a field I need to enable or something along those lines, but I'm not sure where/how do do so.
Can anyone point me in the right direction, please?
You can edit the Parent Link field of the Epic issue to the Initiative issue key. This will associate the Epic with the Initiative.
If you are unable to do this, please provide screenshot which might help to understand.
The context in https://community.atlassian.com/t5/Jira-Core-questions/Can-t-get-the-Initiative-Item-Type-working/qaq-p/759918 which was mentioned above is in regards of JIRA Portfolio. In order to use JIRA Portfolio functionalities, you will need a Portfolio license.
This question was mis-labeled as being Jira Core. But the original question was about how to setup the hierarchy in regards to Jira Portfolio. In Portfolio, you can actually configure what the hierarchy should be for your environment. Atlassian recommends a top to bottom of Initiative, Epic, Story, subtask. But you can set this in Portfolio the way you want to with a different order or even additional levels.
If you do not have Portfolio, then yes, Epic is the highest level issue available in Jira Software. You can't use Epics at this time without Software, (sorry Jira Core users).
I've been reading through various JIRA documents trying to figure out how to manage Cross-Project work. We need a way to group EPICS togehter because JIRA has the limitation of only showing the EPIC on the Agile board, if is assigned to a specific development team (we have REP, PROP, Integrate, etc.). I was really exicited to read about the use of Initatives and then, after a couple hours of reading, stumbled on this post that says you have to have Portflio subscription in order to use this. Is this really the only way to do this?
The process is similar for server.