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Structure - how can I display parent value in a sub-task?


Thanks in advance for any tips.

Use Case:

Parent EpicA

  --> Sub-Task1

  --> Sub-Task2

In Structure, I only want to show a list of my Sub-Tasks (I query all Epics, but I filter out so that I only see a list of sub-tasks).  
I want to have a column that displays a value pulled from the parent, ex: "Theme" Field. 

ex: Sub-task1  |  "Theme"

I tried using PARENT{value} and PARENT#level but it doesn't pull the value, unless I have the parent Epic in the hierarchy view.

Any tips that can solve this?  preferably without having to use custom scripts :) 


2 answers

Hi, @Lenny.  First, let's confirm your platform?  Your post is tagged "cloud" but you appear to be trying to use an Expr aggregate function.

Expr is the scripting language (you said you didn't want to use scripts) of Structure Formulas. Structure Formulas are not available in the cloud edition of Structure at this time.

Is there any chance you are using the Data Center version of Jira (and Structure)?

-dave [ALM Works]

@Dave Rosenlund _ALM Works_ - apologies, I'm using Data Center. and yes Expr is Ok.  I'm ok to use formulas with scripts if that's an option. i was more referring to 3rd party scripting via api, etc. 

Okay. Cool :) 

Now that we have that confirmed, I'll ask someone who knows Expr a heck of a lot better than I do to pitch in.  Stay tuned.

(Or, for a faster response, you can reach out to our support team via


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Hi Lenny,

You will need to the following:

1. Insert Issues: Insert -> JQL Query and enter the query to get the epics

2. Then Extend -> Sub-tasks and select subtasks type you want to display

Thanks @Fabian Lim  - i am trying 'not' to show the Epics, but only the flat-list of sub-tasks. I can achieve this by filtering out the Epics, but then i lose the ability to pull the PARENT{} value.  That's what i was trying to solve :) 

Hi Lenny,

unfortunately this is not possible in Structure currently.  If you want to use the PARENT{} function you will need the item to be present in the board, as a parent of the issue.

However, this will be possible with the release of EXPR 2.0, which should be available by the end of the month.

[ALM Workds]

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@Nicholas Alexander Ellis - that's great to hear!  looking forward to its release! 

Hi, @Lenny. FYI, Structure 7.0, which includes Expr 2.0, was released earlier this week. 

Reach out to us via if you have any questions or need any assistance with the new capabilities. 

-dave [ALM Works]      

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@Dave Rosenlund _ALM Works_  - that's great news! thanks for letting us know. can't wait to try it out :) 

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