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can the Kanban Board show epic and task in hierarchy ?

Duilio I'm New Here Apr 12, 2021

Hello everyone.


In my kanban board's backlog all epics and tasks are both displayed in the same way - without any hierarchy even it exists.


Can I decide to show in my backlog only the tasks and eventually subtasks leaving out the epics ?


Thanks in advance.

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Hi @Duilio,

There's a couple of things you can do here. What is probably done most, is activating the kanban backlogThis support article has a lot more background on it and you can read here how to enable it.

Once it is there, you can enable the Epics panel there. As soon as that is in place, it will no longer list your epics as cards, but on the side panel in the backlog:

Screenshot 2021-04-12 at 11.50.50.png

Alternatives can be to add swimlanes to your board by Epics (if you have a lot of epics or would like to use swimlanes for a different purpose, then that won't be your best option). Or you could add a quick filter to your board to filter out your Epics, something like this:

Issuetype != Epic

 Screenshot 2021-04-12 at 11.55.20.png


See what works best for you! Hope this helps!

Hi @Duilio 

As an alternative you can try out our add-on to track progress of issues in Epic hierarchy on time estimates and at story points as well.

Agile Tools - Epic Tree and Time in Status 

The add-on allows you to manage and visualize your Epics with rolled up estimate progress reports along with multiple Time in Status Reports ( more than 6 reports).

Key features:

  • Epic Hierarchy
    • Epic Sum up - Roll up for Time estimates and Story Points
    • Excel like editing for key fields
    • Excel export of hierarchy data
    • Progress % on "remaining estimate" or "original estimates"
    • Include all issue types vs only Stories in Story Points roll up
    • Support for custom names for Epic & Story fields


  • Multiple Time in Status reports
    • Report Types
      • Time in Status
      • Time with Assignee
      • Time in Status with Assignee
      • Time with Assignee per Status
      • Status/Assignee Count
      • Multiple Transition Reports


    • Configurable working hours/days
    • Excel export


  • Transitions tracking on issue screen
    • Status/ Assignee Transition : Status/Assignee changes with average time and count per status. Option to switch between Graphical and tabular view.
    • Epic Tree on Issue Screen

Epic Hierarchy Screen_Cloud.PNG

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