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How to efficiently migrate issue+subtasks to epic+issues

I have a user story with 20+ subtasks.

How can I efficiently change the user story into an epic, and convert the subtasks to user stories under that epic?

3 answers

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Tarun Sapra Community Leader Aug 11, 2017

1 ) Move  the story to Epic. 

2) Now, you have Epic with 20 sub-tasks, move the 20 sub-tasks using bulk udpate to "story" type.

Before bulk moving sub-tasks make sure the "create" issue screen of the story type has the mandatory field "Epic Link" thus when moving the 20 sub-tasks you can fill the mandatory field "Epic Link" and mention the issue key of the new Epic (step 1)

and it's done! Now you have Epic and 20 linked stories using Epic link field.

Tarun (or anybody who has done this) - 

In the 2nd step when doing a bulk operation is it initiated from Epic's (which was previously a Story) Subtask menu, as shown in Screenshot 1 below, rather than manually filtering for the subtasks in the "Search for Issues" navigation seen in Screenshot 2 below?

I hope it's the former rather than the latter since the "Search for Issues" options seems really clunky.


screenshot 1: bulk operation is it initiated from Epic

Screen Shot 2018-05-04 at 9.10.26 AM.png


screenshot 2: manually filtering for the subtasks in the "Search for Issues" navigation

Screen Shot 2018-05-04 at 9.19.07 AM.png

Tarun Sapra Community Leader May 07, 2018

Hi @Andrew C

You can click on "open in issue navigator" 4th option in your 1st screenshot and then "Move the issues" from the issue navigator view.

Please read here -

How to:

  1. 'Move' Task to Epic
  2. Click the '...' on the subtask header to bulk-edit the subtasks
    1. Edit > Add new, temporary label
    2. Move > Story
  3. Filter based on temporary label
  4. Bulk-edit Edit
    1. Add epic link to new epic
    2. Remove existing temporary label

Definitely something that should be 'smoothed over' with a a Jira feature.

It's super disappointing that this frequently performed operation takes over 8 steps to complete.  It's 2020, come on Atlassian!

There is nothing efficient about these steps...

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