It's not the same without you

Join the community to find out what other Atlassian users are discussing, debating and creating.

Atlassian Community Hero Image Collage

User cannot set parent link without Portfolio permission


We have Portfolio for JIRA and have limited the access to Portfolio to users who work in a team-of-teams.

But we do want normal users to be able to set the Parent Link from within the Create / View / Edit Issue screens.

But users now get the error "You are not authorised to perform this operation". And it seems that the Portfolio Administration only contains roles that allow users to do things with the Portfolio Plans.

So: is there a way to allow users to set the Parent Link (and Team) in an Issue without also giving them permissions to work with Plans?

5 answers

A Suggestion  has been raised for this in October 2016. You can view it and vote for it here:

Hi, did you got any suggestion on this .I am also facing this issue ,if you aware the solution pls share with us ,will appreciate your help 

Hi there,

We're running into the same issue, but we have a possible solution depending on your org. When you add editors to a plan on Portfolio v2.0 or later, the plan becomes read only to everyone else. So, add anyone who might need to edit Portfolio parent-links as Portfolio for JIRA Users, then add specific editors to the plan who can interact with and manipulate data on the Portfolio for JIRA side of the house.

The problem with this solution is that any Portfolio for JIRA user can then create Portfolio Plans.

Hope this helps,


This only allows people to edit the Parent Link via editing the issue within Portfolio.  When editing an issue (e.g., a Feature) to add the Initiative as a Parent Link, the error still pops up.

I'm using Portfolio on my Cloud instance.

This is a big problem for us too.  Dev teams need to be able to link their Epics to Features (a portfolio level work item). But the only way that they can is if we give them the ability to create Portfolio plans. I don't want 1000 garbage portfolio plans being created by every user out there. yet all the users need to be able to set the parent of an epic.  Surely there must be some kind of workaround???  I have added jira-software-users to the 'Portfolio Restricted User' permission but that only prevents them from being able to not only create plans, but also use them to mangle all the work-items. At least that's something, but I need to prevent people from creating tons of crap 'Portfolios' because they're curious and can. The few ones we really want people to see will be completely lost in all the clutter.  I'm not exaggerating. When there are thousands of users, that WILL happen.  


Can anyone help? Any ideas?  Anything from an add-on that we could leverage??

We are also having this "problem"

Is there any fix planned for this?

Suggest an answer

Log in or Sign up to answer
This widget could not be displayed.
This widget could not be displayed.
Community showcase
Published Apr 09, 2019 in Portfolio for Jira

Portfolio for Jira 3.0 is here!

The wait is over... Portfolio for Jira Server and Data Center 3.0 is now officially here! Platform releases offer Atlassian an opportunity to shift our strategy, make bold predictions about t...

1,209 views 8 24
Read article

Atlassian User Groups

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find a group

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find my local user group

Unfortunately there are no AUG chapters near you at the moment.

Start an AUG

You're one step closer to meeting fellow Atlassian users at your local meet up. Learn more about AUGs

Groups near you