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Change Start Date of many Tasks when the Tasks do not have a Due Date?

When my workload in Jira Work Management gets overwhelmed with Tasks that I had hoped to start today/this week, I use drag and drop in the Timeline to 'groom' my task list - moving some Tasks forward to start next week/sometime in the future .

Timeline overwhelming.jpg

This works well for Tasks that have both a Start Date and a Due Date, because I can filter the Timeline by Start Date and Due Date to filter out Tasks that start in the future and so view only the Tasks I need to review.

Filter by Start Date and End Date.jpg


The same approach doesn't work well for tasks that only have a Start Date but no Due Date, because I cannot filter the Timeline by Start Date only.

Filter by Start Date.jpg

It may be good practice for Tasks to have a Due Date, but populating the field gives me yet another field to review / refresh / keep up to date as my priorities change - I therefore have many Tasks for which Due Date is not populated; only the Start Date is populated.

User story for what I want to achieve:

Story: Change Start Date of many Tasks when the Tasks do not have a Due Date

As a user
I can filter the Timeline in Jira Work Management by Start Date without specifying a Due Date in the filter
So that I can use drag and drop to quickly and easily alter the Start Date of many Tasks that do not have the Due Date field populated


Q1) Could you add a feature request for my Story to the Product Roadmap please?


Q2) What do you recommend as a workaround in the meanwhile as the most efficient way to "Change Start Date of many Tasks when the Tasks do not have a Due Date"

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Trudy Claspill
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Feb 22, 2023

Hello @James Cooper 

Welcome to the Atlassian community!

This is a community of users of the Atlassian products. If you would like to submit a suggestion you can do that here:

For changing the Start Date on multiple tasks all to the same new Start Date you could use the Advance Issue Search with the Bulk Change option (if you have permission to execute bulk changes).

You would start by searching for not-done tasks that have no Due Date value:

project=<your project> and statusCategory != Done and duedate is empty

You could add additional criteria to further refine the results.

You can then use the Bulk Change option (under the context menu ... in the upper right corner) to enter the Bulk Change wizard. That will enable you to select the issues you want to change, select the Edit operation, and enter a new Start Date to be applied to all the selected issues.

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