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Epics on kanban board



How can I see epics on a Kanban board? Jira 6.2.7 




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Jack Community Leader Feb 20, 2018

@Nele Smeets, the epics as swimlanes should work. can you provide screen shot of your board filter as well as one for your board w/ Epics as swimlane enabled.

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Jack Community Leader Feb 20, 2018

this is the way Epics as swimlanes will look...


So make sure that epics are not excluded in your board filter somehow (Board Settings > General > Filter query). And make sure that the issues that are displaying are linked to an Epic.


It started to dawn that when swimlanes = epics, I only saw stories that did not have epics, three stories.

So now, I added an epic for those three stories, and now... my kanbanboard is empty, no issue show. :s

Jack Community Leader Feb 20, 2018

so i'm guessing you set the epic link for IG-4, 24 and 27 to a specific epic. Can you show me:

  • your board filter
  • an image of the epic itself (view screen)

@Jack Correct!

Below screenshots of any possible board filter and the epic itself:

kanban epics.png

Jack Community Leader Feb 22, 2018

Nele, i believe the issue lies w/ your board filter. It appears you want to exclude all issuetypes except Stories for whatever reason. However, please include Epics. Try changing as follows:


project = IG and issuetype in (Epic, Story)...

Like Yanet Morales likes this

@Jack yes,hat did the trick! Thank you so very much!

Jack Community Leader Feb 23, 2018

@Nele Smeets, great. Can you pleas accept the answer? This helps keep our unanswered questions clean. 

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hi there,

you can add the epic issue type to the project and you'll be able to see them on your board but not like on a scrum board.

if you want epics and a backlog, you could start a scrum board with an eternal sprint or a monthly/yearly sprint.

Would that help?


Thx for the quick reply! 

Yes, I wanted to see the epics as swimlanes :)

Using an eternal sprint will do the trick I guess. Ill give it a try.

That could work, if you just add the issuetype to the project and all.

However I'm unsure about whether epics can be used easily as swimlanes because the epic-issue link is different than the issue-subtask link in Jira.

So you might need to set up custom swimlanes (based on JQL filters).

This is an interesting idea, let me know if you succeed. Thank you.

That didn't work, the eternal sprint showed up on other (scrum) boards as well.


Adding epics as swimlanes seems to be easy:

Screen Shot 2018-02-20 at 11.23.07.png


But the epic swimlanes simple do not show.

Like Alasdair Lomas likes this

" Epics with no issues on the board will not be shown." but why? I do want them to show. If I didn't, I could simply add to the board filter right?

Like Tomer Yaron likes this

new to cloud, optimistic about the kanban feature.  forgive my ignorance- but this doesn't have scrum board parity in terms of seeing and managing epics in the backlog?  teams have to adjust issue workflows to allow this feature to work?  adding more statuses like more adding custom creates a lot of overhead, especially when part of the team uses scrum and lots do not, AND epics are a backbone for all

Like SimonH likes this

Yes Brodie - that's what I want too:  I just want to see Epics on the left of my Kanban Board just like I do on a Sprint Board, so that I can assign Epics by dragging by Stories onto the Epics, filter quickly by Epic, etc.  Is that possible on a Kanban board?

Me three.

Like Simon, I would like to have the power of EPICS within my Kanban Board. This means seeing the Epics available as a clickable item in the left toggle window (as is available within the Active Sprints pane on the Scrum boards).

How can we action this type of functionality?

Thanks so much!

Like martin_rieser likes this

If I understand Jonathan and Simon right, you want to display epics in a panel in the backlog, and not as cards on the board? Go to: board settings > Columns. Switch the button 'Epics panel'

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