Epic parents each have Epic children?

Andy July 31, 2018

I was trying in JIRA to have a Epic parent link to an Epic child. The I saw an error: An epic cannot have another epic linked to it.

Is there a workaround for this? My PO is asking if JIRA can have say, 4 Epics and each Epic links to multiple Epic children? If you cant do this then is there a way to handle what my PO is attempting to do in another way?

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Scott Theus
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July 31, 2018

Hi Andrew, 

 You can use releases or components to manage this type of relationship, or use separate projects with either Portfolio or Big Picture.

Here is some more information:



Hope this helps, 



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Ed Maschler March 4, 2024

You can set up the "Legend" issue type (Parent of Epics).  I discovered you cannot see the Legends in the Jira Premium Cloud Timeline. (Jira folks:  We would love to have this capability)

You can, however, see it in the Advanced Roadmaps (aka Plans).  Just create the Legend and then you can select the children Epics that go inside it.  It really helps when organinzing your Epics for Roadmap Reviews with Prodduct teams

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Avenir_Voronov August 6, 2019

There is a bug or feature. You could

1. Create Epic 1

2. Create Story as a child

3. Move Story to another project with type changing to Epic


You will have Epic 1 as parent and Epic 2 as child.

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