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Tasks nested under stories/epics?


I'm planning a project that's not related to software (property-development and construction).

Happens to be that I'm a software developer myself (not in this project though), and I've been working with tools like DevOps and project management methodologies.

I have a project that divides in several phases each made up of smaller stages, each of them having a hierarchy tree of tasks and sub tasks.
The project has a more linear fashion although some parts can take place simultaneously.

Is there a way to achieve this with Jira Work Management?
Any template I should be using or tutorial I should be looking at?


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Chase Wilson Atlassian Team Jul 13, 2021

Hi @weitzhandler , welcome! Jira Work Management now supports two levels of hierarchy on the Timeline view (issue --> subtask) with plans for three levels on the list in the next few months (epic --> issue --> subtask). Dependency mapping on the Timeline is also coming this week.

As for templates, I would suggest using the Project Management template since your workflow doesn't seem to be particularly complex in this case. Splitting work into Epics is probably best (which will entail adding the Epic issue type to the project you create).


Hey @Chase Wilson and thanks for your quick and detailed reply.

Would you suggest meanwhile starting with Jira Software until these features are implemented in Work Management?

Would it be able to migrate it from Software when time comes?

This is kind of a blocker to me in Work Management.

Chase Wilson Atlassian Team Jul 14, 2021

Checked with the team – if all goes well you should see Task --> Subtask on the list in the next couple of weeks and then Epic --> Task --> Subtask on the list about a month afterwards. 

Migration pains from Software to Work Management are increased by how custom your project is, so if the workflow and issue types are fairly standard I think the conversion should be fairly easy. 

Something that may tide you over in the meantime is that the Timeline view will soon accommodate Epic --> Task AND Task --> Subtask (but not all three at once).

Task > Subtask is already there.

Thanks for all your efforts and detailed input.

Hi @Chase Wilson , I am also waiting anxiously for the 3-tier Epic>Task>Subtask hierarchy in Work Management for my marketing task management project (currently operating in a software project), what is the best way to get notified when this specific functionality is launched?

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Really I think we should actually be able to expand the tree to an unlimited depth of nested subtasks all under a milestone under a story, all of which when completed, render their parents completed as well.

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@weitzhandler is this an opinion or a functionality that is already active? ^

@Chase Wilson Is there an update on Epic->Task->Subtask nesting in list?

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@Chase Wilson we're also eagerly awaiting this update-- is there a timeline for when this will be deployed?

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@Chase Wilson 
any update on the 3 tier nesting? is there anywhere I can check to see when this is coming. 
Also once there is 3 tier, can we set the Kanban board epic swimlane? 

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Is there any update on this release? It seems Atlassian is working in Waterfall mode and selling agile products....

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Is there any update here?

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Is there an update? 

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I'm also looking for an update here. In my opinion, this is the last big missing piece of Work Management. 

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In the Plan (Advanced roadmaps - top menu option) view, there is a "Filter" option on the top left. The topmost item under Filter is "Hierarchy". If you set your hierarchy range as "Epic" to Sub-task" then you'll see an Epic-> Task-> Sub-task hierarchy. Still trying to determine if I can get an Epic-> Story-> Task-> Sub-task. If that fails I see an option to place a custom level above Epic.

any updates on getting the nested items under and EPIC into Timeline yet? 

@John Funk per my comment in the other thread, you see @Chase Wilson 's comment above from July 2021... we're now almost a year later... really could use some guidance.

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Also chiming in to say this is a much-needed feature for my team! Any update on delivering this?

@John Funk @Chase Wilson @Heath Bradbury 

John Funk Community Leader Aug 08, 2022

Chase is no longer with Atlassian, and I am not an Atlassian employee - just another user like you. Someone from Atlassian would need to chime in. 

Ah, thanks for the clarification, John! 

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@weitzhandler is there any way to un-accept the answer you accepted earlier? 


Does anyone know the @ for any current Atlassian team member? thought about tagging @atlassian but that doesn't seem to be a valid handle. 

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When will tasks be nested under Epics in timeline view? :( 

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An update would be nice.

Hi guys, I just arrived at Jira Cloud from MSFT to find out that in the same way there were Microsoft seconds for Windows, there are Atlassian months for Jira.

What a shame the timeline view after a year and a half. 

Any update on this? This can be done easily in Jira Software but our IT folks would like us to stay out of that space. We need the ability for at least four levels of nesting and for those nestings to be properly reflected in the board and timeline.

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