How can I automatically create a story on epic transition?

Andreas Knecht Community Champion Sep 08, 2016

So here is what we're trying to do: when an Epic issue type is transitioned to a certain status, we need it to create a Story issue type, and here's the kicker: we need it to have the same assignee as the one from the Epic issue that triggered this issue creation

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Andreas Knecht Community Champion Sep 08, 2016

You can do this with Automation for JIRA.  It requires a bit of advanced config in the "create issue" action but it's pretty straightforward.

Here's an example rule configuration:


It's made up out of 4 components:

  • The issue transitioned trigger so we start rule execution when an epic is transitioned
  • One condition to check the issue is in fact an "Epic"
  • Another condition to check which status we were transitioned to - "In Progress" in this case
  • Finally we create a story with some advanced config.


The advanced config is:

    "fields": {
        "assignee": {
             "name": "{{issue.fields.assignee.key}}"
        "Epic Link":"{{issue.key}}"


This does 2 things:

  • It sets the assignee of the newly created issue to the same assignee of the epic that was transitioned ({{issue.fields.assignee.key}} will be the epic's assignee
  • It sets the epic custom field to the {{issue.key}} of the epic.  This means the new story will be linked to the Epic already once it's been created.  You may not need this.

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