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How to automatically transition an epic when story starts to progress?

Katharina Seraphin Oct 06, 2016

As a JIRA admin I want

  • my open EPIC ticket to transition automatically into the next status (in progress)


  • one of the issues in epic
  • one of the linked stories

is moved from open to any other status (e.g. in progress, in dev, ..).


List of installed add-ons which may be useful:

  • Automation
  • JIRA Utilities
  • JIRA Suites Utilities
  • JQL tricks
  • Script Runner

I can´t find any option in the post function area or any other hint how to solve that problem for EPICS and STORIES - only for tasks / subtasks.



5 answers

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Andreas Knecht Community Leader Nov 21, 2016

There's now a very easy to configure way to transition stories when their epic changes (and vice versa) using Automation for JIRA!

You can easily modify related issues (such as parents, stories, sub-tasks, epics, linked issues and even JQL) using our related issues action and condition:

(this example moves stories in the epic to "To Do" but that could be changed to anything really. You could set this up in reverse so that changes to a story transition the parent epic)

For more details see

Billy Retamal Oct 12, 2017

Thanks very much!! That's exactly that I was looking for!. Now, when any of the Epic's Issues is resolved differently than "Done", the status of the Epic changes to his corresponding state. :D!

Jessie Ettinger Nov 06, 2018

This also solved my problem - thanks for the tip!!! 

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Steven Behnke Community Leader Oct 06, 2016

Please let us know what add-ons you have – This isn't really possible out of the box but many add-ons add functionality that add capabilities like this.

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Katharina Seraphin Oct 06, 2016

I added a list of add ons above in the ticket. 

Thanks in advance!

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Katharina Seraphin Oct 27, 2016

@Steven Behnke - any idea on that topic? 

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Martin Aichriedler Aug 21, 2018

I've written a small service that transitions Epics automatically if the status of linked stories is updated. It can be easily integrated into JIRA.

The source code is open source on GitHub here. I've also described in a blog post how it works here.

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