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Add an additional level to the story map (Easy Agile User Story Maps for JIRA)


I've just installed an evaluation version of the plugin. However, I'm wondering if it would be possible to add an additional level above the "epic" level, which you call the backbone. Our users have tested it and would like to have the ability to configure an additional level above epics, based on the Theme issue type perhaps. Would this be possible?


Best regards,


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Teagan Marketplace Partner Nov 24, 2021

Hi @Johan Jonsson Nilsson @dbates @taylor_sharpe @James Weaver @Peter Papadopoulos @Prioulet Priscilla @JOSE JAVIER LOPEZ LOPEZ 

Teagan from Easy Agile reaching back out to let you know that we have just released version 7.0 of Easy Agile User Story Maps.

This release includes the ability to display an additional level of issue hierarchy on the Story Map - a feature I know you’ve expressed interest in in the past and one of our most requested Story Maps features to date! You can check out this new functionality in our sandbox demo environment now.

Story Map Issue Hierarchy.png


Information on how to upgrade to version 7.0 can be found here. You can learn more about configuring and using this new functionality on our docs.

As one of our most highly requested features, we’re really keen on hearing your feedback and suggestions for improvement. Please feel free to send through your feedback to 

Teagan Harbridge 
Head of Product - Easy Agile 

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Teagan Marketplace Partner Nov 17, 2020

Hi @James Weaver @dbates @taylor_sharpe @Peter Papadopoulos @Prioulet Priscilla 

My name is Teagan and I am Head of Product here at Easy Agile, reaching out on behalf of Nick. 

We are yet to build a 3rd layer of hierarchy in Easy Agile User Story Maps, as we are actively gathering feedback from our customers on what this would look like/how this would work. 

Would anyone be interested in joining me on a 30 minute call where I could ask you a few questions? If so, please reach out to and we can arrange a time. 

Your feedback would be incredibly valuable in helping up carve a path forward. 

Teagan Harbridge 
Head of Product - Easy Agile 

+1 for an update



Hi Johan,

This is certainly something we are exploring, both for customers with JIRA Portfolio and those without.

For the Portfolio customers I think it makes sense to reuse the Theme issue type as that provides consistency across JIRA Software, Portfolio, and the story map.

As for the additional level for activities where a customer doesn't have Portfolio I think we'll likely select Component as most customers we've spoken with seem to use this already for that grouping.

I've made a note to follow up with you when we being investigating this in more detail.

Thanks Johan, have a great day.

Nick Muldoon
Easy Agile 

Any update on Portfolio support? Plans? ETA?

Hi @Stuart,

We actually met with the someone from the Atlassian Portfolio product team last week.

Portfolio started providing an API earlier this year so the functionality is now (I believe) there for us to build on top of (Cloud and Server). Having said that, we'll be awaiting announcements from the Portfolio team at Atlassian European Summit this coming September before making a decision.

So, still on the backlog, no ETA, awaiting forward guidance from Atlassian on the direction they plan to take with Portfolio.

I'll update this response after the European Summit.

Thanks Stuart, have a great day,

Nick Muldoon, Product Manager, Easy Agile

Some progress on this topic

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No update at this stage as we've been focused on our newest app Easy Agile Programs

In Easy Agile Programs we've been exploring other linking mechanisms, first by supporting Jira Issue Links. And this behaviour is something I would like to bring back to the story maps in the future, allowing us to support a Portfolio hierarchy in the story map.

If you want to be notified about this in future please email so I've got your contact details for when we explore this in more detail.

Thanks Jose, have a good day.


Nick Muldoon
Product Manager, Easy Agile

Hi, I would like to know as well if you had developed this level up abose the feature backbone ?


I pretty like your tool because of the simplicty and user friendly aspect, but without with Epic level I can't use it (because of my product manager / do not really like using it (because of my habits :) ).

Have you some news about 

Thank you. Regards,



I would also like to see if you have an update on this as well. I am working to create story maps but I would like to take my map to a higher level than epics to create a backbone that follows the narrative flow users follow. 

Any update would be helpful. 

Thank you, 


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I'm wondering if aside from portfolio, other issue types could be used. Perhaps including custom issues types (like Milestone in our example).

This would be a great addition to the simple visualization of work for large, complex user story maps.

Love the app. Keep iterating! :)

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