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I would like to create a level above Epic in standard JIRA.
Is it possible to do that, without plugins, or using Portfolio.
Hi Ryan, it depends on the exact solution you are building. You can actually create the hierarchy in Jira using the standard Jira Software features. For example, you can create a specific issue type that you will use for your top level tasks and use one the existing issue links or create a new issue link type that you'll be using specifically to connect your top level items to Epics.
There are two limitations this approach has:
1. You won't be able to restrict the links creation in any way - the users will be able to use the wrong link type to connect your higher level issues to epics. So users will need to be careful and use the correct link when they do it.
2. There is no easy way to see the full hierarchy in Jira, but then the question is how you want to use it. There are a number of approaches and third party apps you can use to get some reports out of it. Again - it's all about the task you are trying to solve.
Just my 2c.