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Epics on kanban board

Nele Smeets Feb 20, 2018

Hi,

 

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

 

Thx,

Nele

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Jack Brickey 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.

Nele Smeets Feb 20, 2018

@Jack Brickey

Here you go:

kanban epics.png

Jack Brickey Community Leader Feb 20, 2018

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

kanban-epic.png

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.

Nele Smeets Feb 20, 2018 • edited

@Jack Brickey

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 Brickey 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)
Nele Smeets Feb 22, 2018

@Jack Brickey Correct!

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

kanban epics.png

Jack Brickey 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)...

Nele Smeets Feb 23, 2018

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

Jack Brickey 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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Krisztian Kovacs Community Leader Feb 20, 2018

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?

Cheers,
Krisz

Nele Smeets Feb 20, 2018

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.

Krisztian Kovacs Community Leader Feb 20, 2018

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.

Nele Smeets Feb 20, 2018

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.

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