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Issue Link 'blocks' in Jira

I have created two issues(Issue 1, Issue 2) each contained in a separate sprint. Now, I link them using 'blocks' from Issue 1 to Issue 2, it means the Issue 1 should be completed before Issue 2. I have few questions over here,

  1. Whether this link blocks Issue 2, not to get completed before Issue 1?
  2. Does the Start and End date of Issue 2 changes when linked?

So, I cannot figure out how the issue link 'blocks' works. What this issue link 'blocks' does actually?

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A link in Jira is just a link.  It shows a relationship between two issues, and nothing more.

"Issue A is blocked by Issue B" is useful information for us humans, but all Jira knows is "A <words> B".  You could rename it to "Issue A eats fish provides by penguins assigned to Issue B" and it would make no difference.

So the answers to 1 and 2 are both "no" because there's no way Jira can know you want to do that.  "blocks" is just the name for that type of link.

But, you can hang code off it if you want.  It's very common to see both of your questions implemented with post-functions, validators, or functions in apps like ScriptRunner, PowerScripts, Automation etc.

Can you please explain specific scenario and usage of the link options...

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Deleted user Jul 19, 2018

Hi @Hari Prasath P,

The linked issues field is a method of tagging issues that may have dependencies.

Jira does not stop you from working on an issue even if their link have dependencies, this is due to multiple reasons however the most prominent is that an issue could be started but not finished due to a dependency. 

What do you mean by Start Date? Is there a particular field that you are referencing?

Linking issue is more prominent in Portfolio for Jira as it utilises linking as a core feature to map out plans. 

Hope this helps

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Thomas Schlegel Community Leader Jul 19, 2018

Hi @Hari Prasath P,

the issue link "blocks" on its own is not really blocking anything. It's just a link between two issues which is named "blocks". 

However, there are add-ons which provide conditions, validators and post-functions for your workflow, so you can e.g. disable a transition as long as there is a blocking linked issue.

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Tansu Akdeniz Community Leader Jul 19, 2018

Hi @Hari Prasath P,

Although it is called "blocks", it functionally doesn't block other issue. Blocks, relates, duplicates etc all link types behave same. It is just to understand the relation type between issues.

BUT, you can create your own rules in workflow transitions for instance; Do not resolve an issue if it has any unresolved linked issue with ... type. 

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