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In the new JIRA version, how to change EPIC color?

On my backlog, I used to see different EPICs in different colors (easy way to group user stories). I don't have anymore this possibility.

Thanks.

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Hi @Rhita Chatila,

I assume with "the new JIRA version" you mean the new UI Experience on Cloud? If not, what version are you on?

In Cloud, go to the Backlog view of the board that has you Epics. On the left hand side, expand the Epic panel. Next to each Epic in the list you will see a small coloured triangle. When you click that, you will be able to change Epic colour:

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@Walter Buggenhout [ACA IT]

 

I can not see this down arrow.

How do I expose it?

Hi @Steve A Farrand,

Can you share a screenshot of what you do see?

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@Steve A Farrand I found that these arrows are only there if you are in the EPIC colums in a SCRUM board, perhaps that helps.

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go to the Backlog view of the board that has you Epics.  

can you explain what this means / how to get there? 

It means: "go to the backlog of a Scrum project (which have epics)."

@Joris Vleminckx I wonder if there's a single view for that (/secure/RapidBoard.jspa?rapidView=1&view=planning.nodetail) I'm unable to see any color options there Screen Shot 2019-12-03 at 3.10.25 PM.png

I guess the "Scrum" part is key. It doesn't seem to show up on Kanban boards. 

 

 

Yes, Scrum is key. For some reasons Atlassian doesn't want to mix Scrum "features" (Epics, Story Points, etc.) into Kanban boards, even though it's imho very real-life to have projects that don't advance in a Scrum matter, but still have features (->epics) or duration estimates (->Story Points).

That’s weird given that there are epics, they have colors, just no way to change the colors. Looks more like a bad design / bug issue.

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Is this feature also available for kanban boards? I have seen it on a scrum board but could not find it for a kanban board. It's annoying that we have several epics with an identical label colour on a kanban board.

I couldn't be more happy that you added this feature!!! Add more color options please! :D <3 

As @Tanja Kantolamentioned, it's very annoying to organize stories with only one color in Epic labels.

Has somebody managed to change colors for Epics in Kanban boards?

Setting the colors can - to my knowledge - only be done via a scrum board, create a scrumboard for all the projects combined (if you have overarching Epics, that is the easiest) and set the epic colors per epic in the scrum board - backlog view. From that moment on the epic colors are reflected in the related kanban boards as well.

So a small work around, but it worked well (and efficiently) for me.

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@Judith Hermus

Hi! Thank you for your advice. I tried as you mentioned, created a new Scrum project but I had no success changing epic's colors.

I started with a next-gen Kanban project and my team and I put some work on with stories and epics. Those epics are the ones we want to change color for better visual feedback.

I tried you strategy to create a new (next-gen) Scrum project but the interface is very similar, only almost all features turned on. I created example epics in the Roadmap section and then moved back to backlog. I couldn't see the Epics sidebar so I'm still stuck with the same problem.

I think you're strategy only works on classic Jira projects.

Hi Joshua, you can create an additional Scrum board in Kanban projects as well. Just create a board not a new project. I just redid my above instruction for a project in which my epics didn't have colors yet, and it worked.

Please use the pics to see if we are talking about the same thing. 

I hope it helps.

create a board.PNGcreate a board 2.PNGscrum for colors.PNG

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I also have no Epic sideboard in my scrum project backlog.

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Regardless of the project type, what type of board are you looking at?

In the list of all boards the type is "next-gen board".

I have no experience with that board in respect to changing the epic colors, Perhaps  for a reason :) Using above instruction (on scrum board) does the trick, Good luck & success!

Ok, thanks! Maybe it is not possible yet to change epic colors in the new interface.

I'm having the same issue with the next-gen board interface.  Is there a way to change the epic colors for that type of project?

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Up! Would like to know as well.

We cannot change the EPIC colors because no EPIC is shown in the list.

See the screenshot below.

If I recreate a new board, the EPICs are here, but we loose all settings.

 

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How can you do this, in the new Jira Software experience? I don't have this view anymore with the dropdown....

I made above views in the new experience. Are you sure you are using the backlog of a scrumboard?

I really hope to see a color wheel with unlimited color options, or at least more color options available to choose from. 14 epic colors is NOT enough. 

Better than 0! You'll learn, one step at a time with change.

Another option is temporarily adding the field "Epic Color" to your "Edit Issue" screen and modifying the colours in the different "Epic" tickets. 

This is the one I found most useful - I couldn't get the other options working with my kanban bords

There is a setting you need to change for the board in order to see the epics in the side view on the kanban board. If you (may need to be an admin?) go to Board Settings > Columns > Epics panel, there is a toggle to display epics next to the backlog instead of as tickets within the backlog. This works on Kanban boards too!

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If you flip that setting to true, you'll see the list of epics on the left as mentioned by several people in this thread, and from there you can change the color with the drop down arrow. 

epiccolor.png

Kanban board. None of the above solutions helped me, however, I found an alternative solution which actually works.

  1. You need to go to Project Settings, bottom left corner.
  2. Go to Issue Types and select Epic. Add field Epic Colour (yes, not the Epic Color, looks like Jira has British roots). image.png
  3. Then go to your Epic and from Configure Fields add field Epic Colour. Refresh the 
    page.
    image (1).png
    Use this link to lookup epic colors - https://community.atlassian.com/t5/Jira-questions/What-values-are-used-to-query-Epic-Color/qaq-p/17405

For Next Gen projects, you need navigate to the issue view of the Epic and you will get the option to change the colour there

 

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Thanks Trevor, saw that but don't want to update manually - was looking for it to update automatically based on a status or even better based on percentage completed. Do you know if that is possible?

Hi Andrew. Most likely not currently for next-gen projects as the features are pretty limited at this point in time. Hopefully they are working on this though!

Ah, no worries. 

Thanks though. 

Hello Ms. Judith Tacq

Thanks for your information. We've faced the same issue but not in Cloud. Will it applicable for the Data center also? if Yes please let me know how to do that?

Thanks in advance.

Cheers!!!

Best Regards,

Srinivasa:)

Hello All,

 It is working in Kanban Project in Back lock section as well in Server version. 

Steps to edit the Epic Color:

1. Go to the project and open the Respective board.

2. Click on Backlog at left side.

3. Click EPICS on the left side of the board (aligned vertically) to open it.


4.Click the arrow next to the epic's name, then choose the color from the menu.


Please find the Screen shots for your kind reference.

Cheers!

Srinivasa :)0046831668-A.JPG0046831668-B.JPG0046831668-C.JPG

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Hello Kevin,

I'm very glad to hear that , it got help you to fix the your problem.I'm looking forward to hear more queries from you that will help me to improve my self as well.

Thank you very much.

Cheers!!!

Best Regards,

Srinivasa:)

I was able to change the color in backlog view. However, it did not change in Active Sprint view for me.

Colours for Epics are being organised automatically.  How can we define Epic colours by groups/teams/components etc?  Is there a way or does it need to be updated manually?

This is very frustrating. No clear way to make them different colors in a Kanban board? 

Hi there, just found the way to do it, 

 

If you go to your Roadmap, and you click in one of your Epics, it opens on the right hand side. Next to our epic's name, you will have a small box with the colour (mine purple by default) if you click this box, the colour selection comes up. 

Screenshot 2019-05-30 at 14.15.38.png

 

 

I hope this helps

That worked, thanks!

Is that manual per epic though? Can it automatically change colour based on status?

Hello,

How do I get JIRA to show the actual color in a dashboard?

I have created a filter for listing down all the epics for a particular release. Now when I display the filter results on a dashboard, the epic colour field is actually displaying ghx-label-XX instead of the actual color. Any suggestions on how to handle this?

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