Can I visualize issue dependencies?

imthenachoman April 25, 2023

Is there a way to visualize Jira issue dependencies when the issues do not have defined start/end dates/times?

The plan view in Jira is mostly for project management. It has a gnatt chart which shows you timeline view of your tasks. So you can say when tasks start/end and it will visualize that on a gnatt chart.

This type of view is great for project management planning where it is well known when tasks are expected to be completed by.

But say you have tasks that don't have dictated start/end dates and they only have dependency:

  • Tasks: A, B, C, D, and E
  • B can't start till A is done
  • C can't start till B is done
  • D can't start till A is done
  • E can't start till C and D are done

With that information in each of the Jira issues for A, B, C, and D, how can I generate a visualization like this:


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Aron Gombas _Midori_
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April 26, 2023

You can't have that visualization with the built-in features, but there are several apps that provide it in some flavor.

The Issue Link Viewer app, for example, does it like this:


See your options here:

imthenachoman April 28, 2023

Great. Thank you!

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John Elder April 26, 2023

I may be wrong, but the Dependencies report in Advanced Roadmaps will show you dependencies even when they are not timeline based (note the examples in the attachment have dates referenced, though).  I also think the Gantt chart itself will show dependencies, either via icon or lines, if you put in ANY sort of date (even one day after another, just to get something visual going).  Just a thought to consider...advanced roadmap dependencies.jpgdependencies report.jpg

imthenachoman April 28, 2023

How did you get that second one? The one where you circled the red box? Where is that in Jira?

John Elder April 28, 2023

Assuming you have access to Advanced Roadmaps, it's just an option ("Dependencies report") in the dropdown next to the name of the Plan:

dependencies report location.jpg

imthenachoman April 29, 2023

Humm. Mine has that and I can go to it but it's blank and I can't get it to show anything. Let me check with my Jira admin.

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In order to have access to the dependencies report (for jira cloud), you need to have a plan >= Premium.


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