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Nesting filters into folders under a JQL query in a structure

I am wondering if this is even possible.  I have a structure that organizes the issues into a folder by sprint.  Then I organize them under that folder into smaller folders based on whether they apply to requirements, code, design, etc.  I was wondering if this would be possible to do without creating JQL queries I have to manually update for each sprint.  For example:

Sprint 1

Query: project = X and sprint = 12345

Sub-folder 1

Filter: summary ~ "Requirements"

Sub-folder 2

Filter: summary ~ "Code"


Essentially each sub folder would be filtering the content that would fall under the parent folder into smaller categories.  This would also allow me to see when things do NOT fall into those neat categories and to groom the deltas.  The idea being that as I fill up the sub folders, the parent folder content should disappear from that location and only reside in the sub folders.  Is this possible within a structure?

1 answer

Hello Christopher,

If I understand correctly, the end goal here is to have:
1. Issues organized by Sprints;
2. issues in each Sprint to be additionally organized into categories based on different requirements.

If this is the case, then something like this can be implemented. For example:
- you can group issues first by Sprints and then again by different categories if they are represented as separate fields(Labels or Components, for example);
- you can use the Query Match functionality in the Formula column and show if issues match specific JQL queries or not. In either way, you will end up with a set of issues that have the required data and a set of issues that don't.

But the process of grooming is not clear to me. Is the goal to have all issues in a Sprint to meet the requirements, i.e. you don't want to have issues that don't have a category?

If it will be more convenient, please feel free to reach out to us at and we'll be glad to take a look at your use case and recommend a way to achieve the result you want.

Best regards,
Stepan Kholodov
ALM Works

Hello Stepan,

Thank you for the response!  The goal I am trying to accomplish is to limit the amount of manual updates that are required when adding a new sprint to my structure.  Right now I have a folder that is for a sprint.  In this folder is a series of 10 other folders.  Each folder has a JQL query that populates it.  So the structure will look like this:

  • Sprint 1
    • Folder 1 - Requirements
      • project = myProject AND sprint = 1 and summary ~ "Requirements"
    • Folder 2 - Code
      • project = myProject AND sprint = 1 and summary ~ "Code"
    • Folder 3 - Design
      • project = myProject AND sprint = 1 and summary ~ "Design"
    • Folder 4...etc

What I am trying to accomplish is to have a parent folder that specifies part of the query, and then the children folders would further filter the query.  Here is an example:

  • Sprint 1
    • project = myProject AND sprint =1
    • Folder 1 - Requirements
      • summary ~ "Requirements"
    • Folder 2 - Code
      • summary ~ "Code"
    • Folder 3 - Design
      • summary ~ "Design"
    • Folder 4...etc

This way, when I create a new sprint, I can copy the parent folder and only have to update the sprint number in on location, instead of 10.  This would also clean it up so there is less opportunity to make a typo or error in my structure.

Thank you for sharing more details. You can try to do the following:

1. Create the Sprint 1 folder.

2. Add an Insert generator in that folder with JQL query like: project=myproject and Sprint1

3. Add the Formula column to your structure with this formula:
if(requirements, "Requirements") or
if(code, "Code") or
if(design, "Design")
Add as many conditions as the number of categories you have.

4. Set each variable - requirements, code, design etc. - to the Query Match option in the Formula's configuration and map them to their individual JQL queries:
requirements to summary ~ "Requirements" ,
code to summary ~ "Code",
design to summary ~ "Design" and so on.

Please check our documentation on how to use the Query Match in formulas:

The Formula column will return appropriate text indicators based on categories for every issue. If there is no JQL match for anything, the Formula will return nothing.

5. Add the Group by Text Attribute... generator and select the Formula column you just made in the additional list.
As a result, you should get: the Sprint folder at the top and additional sub-folders, each of them containing relevant issues. And if some issues don't match any JQL condition, they will be sorted to the 'No value' sub-folder.

Then when you create another Sprint folder, you would just need to copy both generators and change the Insert generator's query to a different Sprint. Once new issues are added in the second folder, the Formula column will set their categories and the Group generator will create appropriate groups/sub-folders.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best regards,
Stepan Kholodov
ALM Works

I am pretty close to getting this to work.  Right now, having issues getting it to do accept ~ for the summary.  = works fine, but when I say ~ it complains about missing characters.

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