How to reorganise epics in JIRA?

Suppose I have a legacy board with 30 epics and I certainly recognise that there are no more than 5 lanes the team is working on. What I'd like to do is:

  1. To preserve the epic assignment for the currently completed stories, so no historical data will be lost
  2. To open 3 new epics and to reassign all the non-completed stories to these epics
  3. To preserve 2 of the existing epics and all the associated stories

How can I do it in JIRA? Am I resolving the issue with the best approach?


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Steven Behnke Community Champion Aug 17, 2016
  • You could set the board's Swimlanes option to Queries and manually set the swimlanes to your five Epics.
  • You could set the Epic's field Epic Status which should remove them from the active Swimlanes.


Moving issues from one Epic to another can be done easily – Writing a query for those issues and then using Bulk Edit you can change the Epic Link field to your Epic of choice.

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