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Setting next-gen Epic parent in jira automation

I would like to create the below rule using Automation for Jira:

  • When an issue transitions to 'in progress'
    • create a new task in next-gen 'Project EPMO'
      • and link task to next-gen epic 'EMPO-40'

The rule works up until point 3. I'm not able to link the task to an Epic. 

I've tried setting the 'Epic Link' field - but it did not recognize epic link.
I've also tried setting the field 'parent' via JSON but said 'data was not an object'

Any suggestions? 



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Seems I've solved by own problem. 

If anyone is interested, to update the parent of a child issue in next gen projects, you need to reference is the Issue Id of the parent:



The rule works below: 

Working rule.PNG

How could I format this so that its the trigger issue, which is the epic? I am trying to automate a set of tasks that are created for each epic created. 

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@Natasha Denny Thank you SO much for following up and posting your solution - I was able to use your discovery to solve an unrelated problem. I'm eternally grateful! 

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@Taylor Snow - Not sure if you're still looking for an answer on this, but the easiest way to do this is to set a variable at the beginning of the automation, with the value being {{}} (I named my variable {{parentID}}.  This will let you extend this value into some of the repeated nested flows.  Then when referencing, the example above should look like this to set the parent:


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@Jonathan Sheetz Thank you for this! I'm very new to this stuff. Your comment made all the difference and will save me a ton of work. 

@Natasha Denny Thank you so much, that worked like a charm!

For anyone else finding this solution, you also can set the key of the Epic instead of the ID like this:


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