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Sub-task extend upwards in Structure

Use case - I have result set of sub-tasks and want to extend and bring in their parent.  Any way to extend "up" or identify the parent without starting at a higher level and extending down?

Looking for a similar pattern that we have with story and epic.  If I have a result set of stories I can group by Epic and the data is extended "up". 

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Hi Corey,

Thanks for posting.

This is not possible yet unfortunately. However, we have this feature request in our backlog. I can't make any promises but if you'd like, I can notify you if it is something we move forward with and eventually release.

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Best Regards,


ALM Works

Can we do any magic in maybe the column Manual Specification to at least make the parent issue key/summary visible in a result set of sub-tasks?

ie kind of like enabling the epic link on a story result set or enabling parent link on an epic result set?

Hi Corey,

Not with just Structure by itself unfortunately. If you use ScriptRunner, you might be able to do something via JQL but you'd likely need to reach out to Adaptavist for a script if you don't know how to do it. 

Also, I'd like to mention that we had a client who used the Jira Workflow Toolbox app which allowed them to create a calculated Text Custom Field, which then showed the Key and Summary for each Sub-Task's Parent. They ultimately used Structure's Group by Text Attribute Generator for that Custom Field to group by the parent.

I hope this helps.

Best Regards,


Hello Corey,

I just notified you at our support portal and I'll repeat it here just in case anybody else finds this post. It is possible to group Sub-tasks by their parent issues with the combination of the Attribute grouper and the Formula: add the Attribute Group generator/transformation, select the Formula option in its additional list and type the formula: parent.

Best regards,
Stepan Kholodov
ALM Works

This is going to be awkward, but I would try using ScriptRunner's ParentsOf(). This should bring in all the parent tasks only which is fine.

Then just use Structure's subtask extender to bring in all the subtasks.

The gotcha is that it may bring in other subtasks of those parents as well. So then you can probably apply another filter.

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