Epic Swimlanes in Kanban boards


Atlasssian have just added the ability to have Epic based swimlanes on a Kanban board (https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/GHS-9144) which is fantastic!

However, I don't think it's gone far enough - it's simply display only.  What's missing the the really useful functionality that you have on the scrum planing board which is being able to move issues between Epic's by drag-and-dropping as well as being able to create Epics on the fly.

As it stands, you have to create Epics manually then associate them with an Epic by editing the issue sad

I think this is needed to add real value - display only on the Kanban board doesn't really add value - without the ability to organise using the Epic is key.

Anyway, I just thought I'd throw this out there to see if anyone else share's my view.


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Hi - if an epic is closed (resolution: Done) and all its tasks and subtasks are closed (resolution: Done), is there a way to make the epic swimlane disappear from the board? Thanks.

I haven't been able to find a way to do this. Were you successful in finding a solution here?

Anyone know whether this is resolved? 

you can either remove it from the swim lanes field in the Board configuration.

What i like to do is, make changes in the JIRA board query so that it filters out the items which are closed.

this way my board only shows the items that requires my attention.

Hi David,


that sounds like a great feature! Especially helpful when taking stories etc. (everything else) without epics and assigning them.


I'd also like to see the swimlane work the same as story swimlane in the scrum board, i.e. The ID, plus the selection and preview in the sidebar.


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anyway. thanks for the feature and this discussion!



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Hi David, there are several other open Suggestions for improvements for epics in Kanban boards. https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/GHS-7052 is the most general and is essentially an epic itself. https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/GHS-6175 tracks the plan mode for Kanban which is where many of these functions are likely to be carried out. Kind regards, Martin JIRA Agile

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