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How do I create a custom Epic issue type?

I'd like to add an issue type with the equivalent hierarchy as an Epic but call it Theme. I don't see how this is possible.

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Steven Behnke Community Leader Jun 10, 2015

It's not possible, I think is the most straight-forward answer.

The field Epic Name, Epic Link, Epic Color, and Epic Status are add-on fields (NOT custom fields, they are add-on fields) that are tied to the Epic Issue Type upon JIRA Agile installation. This is why they only show up on the Epic Issue Type, this is why they do not show up on others. Additionally, the Epic Link functionality, along with Scrumboard Agile functionality, are specifically tied to the issue type.

As far as I know, you cannot simply add a new issue type to extend this functionality. 

There should be option to allow JIRA admins to add a new field like Epic. Simple and important business case is, As a product owner I want to create one more level "theme" between Epic and User Stories to manage my backlog better. Pls let me solution  for this ?

This is very important for product owners, dont understand why Atlassian dont work on it and provide a solution? This should not be that tough !!

It'd be great if we just had a issue hierarchy schema. 





And we could mix and match, as we'd like, easily. 

They are getting closer to this, but it's still very difficult to even approximate this solution. 

I'm sure we aren't alone in this idea. Not everything can be condensed into Epic >> Issue >> Subtask, and I don't think one extra layer makes us wrong. 

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I'd like to add an even simpler oversight from Atlassian - being able to create addtional Epic issue types. If they see fit that we can create our own issues with different names. workflows etc, why do they think that all these issue types can just be bundled under one epic type.

Absolutely. Is there an issue to vote on??

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There was, but it was closed "won't fix" years ago. - was closed years ago, but actually, re-opened a couple of weeks back to gather more interest.  Worth hitting vote on it.

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@Nic Brough {Adaptavist} So, there is no way in current scenario (in JIRA v7.6.2) where you can create new (your own) issue type and make it behave like an Epic Issue type? 

Exactly what Steven said, and I've pointed out there's no change so far.

Ditto here.  I don't want to explain to users what 'Epic' is our why they would pick that as an issue type.

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I have the same issue. I want to create an additional issue type 'iterations' that behaves  the same as an epic. We want to use Epics for sub-projects and the iterations for .... well iterations within that sub projects. :)

No (significant) updates on the request linked to above.  It's pretty much "one type is epic, go get Portfolio or Align if you want more layers"

In my case, I don’t need a hierarchy, I need only to create an issue type that, like an epic, enables to visualize several other issues (tasks) that must be done to achieve the goal. Of course, I can use the epic use, but it is not convenient for two reasons:
1. It sounds strange for people that will use it.
2. We need to distinguish that issue type from real epics used in several agile projects
So, it be very useful to have a new “like epic” issue type-

See above for why you can't do this, and won't be able to in the future

where is the no like!

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