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List issues in other projects, which block issues in my project

This is my use case:

I am an engineering team lead. I manage a kanban-template project with multiple team members and dozens of issues. Some of those issues are blocked by issues in OTHER PROJECTS.

  • I'd like to see a report/dashboard/filter/list of the issues that block any issue in MY project.
  • Ideally, i'd like to see the status of those blocker issues (IN THE LIST/Dashboard, etc), and
  • Even better, i'd like to see the Activity --> History of those issues.

To say it in another way: There are issues in other projects that block issues in my project. I'd like a report/dashboard/filter/list of those blocking issues - so that i know when they were updated, what their status is, and whether I should ping those issue owners to get them moving :-)

Is this possible? How are you doing it? What are you doing that might help me think about this or solve this in a different way?

Thanks for the help!




Mohamed Adel Community Leader Aug 25, 2021

Hi @David Booth 

With Jira you only search for linked issues to a specific issue not for the whole project . this why I recommend you to use a plugin like Scriptrunner for cloud where you can use custom jql function like this one 

issueFunction in linkedIssuesOf("project = PMS", "blocks")


here you can find more informations 

Thanks in advance

Mohamed Adel

Rahul_RVS_Support Marketplace Partner Aug 25, 2021

Hi @David Booth 

For a ready made solution you can try out our plugin, to track progress of issues in your Links hierarchy on time estimates and at story points as well.

Agile Tools - Epic Tree, Links Tree and Time in Status 

You can filter issues based on your issue links (like blocks etc) and can track the progress/status of all the issues in the hierarchy.

You also get 4 other important functionalities within the same plugin, Epic Hierarchy (standard Jira Epic -> Story -> Subtask hierarchy) and Multiple Time in Status reports (to track your issues), Worklogs report based on multiple filter criteria, Timesheet screen to enter your time spent from a single place.

Please do take a look to see if it meets your requirement.

Links Hierarchy.png

Hi @David Booth ,

With standard JQL you can only get a list of issues with links and export them to Excel for further processing. This works if you want to do a one-off analysis.

Standard JQL doesn't easily allow it but the results can be quickly found using our professional indexing service:

After you install the app you can simply search:

issue in linkedIssuesOfQuery("project='Your project'", "is blocked by")

The query finds all issues that are blocking issues in your project. You can save the query as Jira filter and use it in your dashboard report and everywhere else in Jira.

Make sure to check out the documentation.

I hope this helps!



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