Is there an easier way to prioritize EPICs in a Scrum board backlog, other than drag and drop in the filter pane?

At the beginning of a project, we use EPIC prioritization before the EPICs are broken into stories to direct the design teams to the highest priority work in a project.  Even as the project gets underway, we would like to use EPICs rather than stories further down in the backlog to prioritize work.  However, the current method of changing the rank on an EPIC by drag and drop in filter panel of the scrum board is very cumbersome, once you have more than 10 or 15 EPICs.

The shortcuts for changing rank on other issues don't seem to work on the EPICs in the filter pane.

 

 

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Hi Phil,

I am not so worried about ordering the stories based on the EPIC ordering, although this might be nice at the start of a project.  I am happy to order the stories independently of the EPICs.

I really just want and easier way to order the EPICs in the filter pane, other than drag and drop. If we could have the shortcuts (send to top and send to bottom), plus the ability to multi-select for operations on the EPICs in the filter pane, it would be great.  

However from your reply, I guess there is no way to order EPICs other than drag and drop in the filter pane or your suggestion 1 above? 

 

Thanks,
Diane 

HI Diane, Sorry no easy ways at the moment but certainly worth raising this as a suggestion for Atlassian to review. Phill

Hi Diane,

There are a couple of ways you can move closer to achieving the prioritisation by Epic.

  1. You can adjust your filter for the scrum board to change the method of ordering from Rank (the default) to Epic then Rank. If you then give your title of an Epic a number at the start they will sort in the right order for you.
  2. You can use a Kanban board using a filter based solely on the Epics to prioritise the Epics in advance of working on the sprints.
  3. Are you closing Epics once they are complete? If not this could be leaving you with more Epics in the dropdown than you need.

Sorry there is not a quick way of reordering the stories based upon your Epics ordering.

 

Phill

 

This seems as a pretty basic feature in a project management tool - are there any plans on implementing better ordering/reordering options?

I agree. This appears to be a very basic feature and a showstopper for using the tool. How do we get this request into the backlog with a high priority?

Couldn't agree more. This is quite an annoyance and productivity killer. Would be nice if there was out of the box functionality to prioritize in a much more simpler and efficient way. 

I agree as well.  Dragging Epics is very annoying.

Not only is it annoying, but the priority is not sticky at all. As a product manager, I need the ability to prioritize Epics and stories with in each Epic and I need the priority to persist. Outside of this I still need the ability to prioritize the backlog as separate entity and have that persist in the backlog view as well as the kanban view. The Epic priorities serve as a pre planning area to help POs and  BAs to really granularity set priority. The backlog could have stories from many epics being done at any given time and should be able to be managed almost as super Epic. The biggest deficiency I see in the Jira product based on other Agile tools is the lack of the Feature level, so having these priorities work appropriately is even that much more important.

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