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Find the name of parent folder/group in a structure

I have a structure in which the issues are added by linking, and grouped according to a formula. The formula uses attributes of children. 

Within a group, I need to use formulae to make decisions about the children of issues based on the (derived) name of the group. 

The challenge is that there are many-to-many relationships, so that I cannot link back from a child to see its parent because there can be more than one parent, and the business logic I need to apply depends on which parent issue has led me (the structure) to include it in a particular (derived) group.

I'd be interested in suggestions on this topic. Thanks in anticipation.



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David Niro _Tempo_
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Apr 24, 2023

Hello @Paul Doman ,

Do I understand correctly, that you have some issues in your structure and that you have then grouped them based on some criteria where each issue can be under more than one group?

Group A
  issue 1
  issue 3
  issue 4
Group B
  issue 1
  issue 2
Group C
  issue 3
  issue 4

And that now, at the issue level, you want to see some other calculation that uses the specific Group the issue is under?

Could you describe what you are trying to do exactly?  I think it should be possible.


Hello @David Niro _Tempo_ 

Thanks for considering this requirement. The essence of it is indeed as you have shown, where any issue can be part of more than one project.

The diagram shows the actual Structure arrangement:

ADHOC Folders.jpg


Projects (AR-1387, AR-1352 etc) are grouped by domain (AUBH, AUHG, AUHR..), which is not itself an attribute. The domain is meaningful for the summary/title of the issue, and it is derived by formula from the summary of the "AR" issue.

Then, the projects are grouped by domain (formula).

My requirement is to be able to access that domain (AUBH) to execute formulae for each of the issues (in your example, Issue1, Issue 4; or in the screenshot TC-379534, TC-379942 and TC-379122). For these issues, I must get an answer of "AUBH" because that is the context I need. If any of those three issues is also in AUDH, AUHG, AUHR or AUNG then those values are not the correct context.

However, if TC-379942 happens to be in a project for domain AUNG, executing one of the desired formulae must return the context/value "AUNG", not AUBH. This is from the point of view of the particular instance of TC-379942 "looking up the tree".

I have throught about using some form of "ParentOf()" function but suspect that they would rightly return all parents, not just the context that I need.


Hope this helps your deliberations

Kind regards


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David Niro _Tempo_
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May 01, 2023

Hello @Paul Doman ,

You're very welcome, and thank you for the additional context!

Please try:


Since the value you want is the summary of the Group, and from what I can see the level of the group is 2 in your hierarchy, it should work for you.

More information on the PARENT{} function and #level modifier.  Please let me know if it helps!


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Thanks for that tip, David.

Very elegant, and works as required. Another problem solved, and I will explore the function further.

Kind regards


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