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Auto Update Subtask field upon creation based on parent issue

Hello community,

I have the following case scenario that i'm fighting with. 
When I create a parent issue (e.g. user story) I populate a field called "Team". 
Once the parent issue is created, subtasks are then created. Each sub-task needs to inherit the team field value from the parent. 
The reason I need it is because we are using one board for two different teams. Each team has it's own swimlane. So I want the subtasks of the parent story to appear in the same swimlane. 

I would be great if you help with the automation of this.


Thank you!

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Jack Brickey
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Dec 21, 2022

Yes this is certainly possible. Have you attempted an automation rule as yet? It would look something like below.

  • trigger - issue created
  • condition - type = subtask
  • condition - any other condition to ensure the action is only executed as desired
  • action - edit issue, choose your Team field and choose Copy from parent

Thanks! I havent noticed the option to COPY from parent

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Kelly Arrey
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Dec 21, 2022

Hi @Iavor Zayn 

Is it a custom field called Team, or is it the Jira built-in Team field?

If it's the Jira built-in Team field, we ran into a problem with this situation because apparently Jira doesn't allow you to assign Team values to sub-issues - Jira "knows" that all sub-issues belong to the Team assigned to the parent.  We went back to our custom Team field when we found out about this the hard way.

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