Hi Atlassian Community,
We know you love the Roadmap on next-gen, and we’ve heard a lot of feedback that you also want a better way to plan your Backlog… introducing the epic panel on next-gen!
Epics provide a way for teams to capture big rocks of work and allows them break these big rocks down into small pieces. They also allow teams to group similar existing work together for better visualisation and an easier way to communicate progress at a rolled up level. We know most of you are using some form of work breakdown in next-gen, and that you are experiencing some of the following benefits…
Getting a better understanding of what work needs to be completed and helps your team plan accordingly
Understanding the relative size of a piece of work based on all the steps needed to complete it
Identifying gaps and reduce the risk of delivery or running over time because of unplanned work
Prioritising team efforts more effectively and quickly reprioritise based on new information
What we’ve done with the epic panel is to make work breakdown a more efficient task for you. To add an issue to an epic, you can drag and drop the issue onto an epic in the epic panel. And to add multiple issues at once, simply multi-select any number of cards and drag drop those cards onto an epic. Adding a card, that already has an epic, to a different epic on the panel will change the epic.
Here are some other key behaviours you can play around with…
The epic panel can be toggled on and off in the epic filter dropdown.
The epics are shown in the epic panel in the same order as on your Roadmap view. It is also possible to change the order of epics by dragging and dropping the epic up and down the epic panel - please note this will change the order of the epics on the Roadmap as well.
Epics have a progress indicator that shows the number of issues that have been completed, in progress, and that have yet to be started.
The epic colour is shown to allow you quickly scan the list to find the epic you want. These colours are now consistent throughout the Roadmap, Board, and Backlog across web and mobile.
Selecting an epic will filter the issues on the Backlog for that epic. Selecting multiple epics will filter the issues for all the epics selected.
You can create a new epic inline in the epic panel by clicking the “+ Create Epic” button.
You can view the full details for an epic by expanding the epic card and clicking “View all details”.
We’re keen to hear your feedback and make any improvements and changes that can help with your backlog planning.
What's the difference between epics and other issue types?
Stories, bugs, and tasks are used to describe one single piece of work, while epics are used to describe a group of issues that all relate to the same, larger body of work. Check out one of our Agile Coach guides for more info.
Why is the panel in my project named something else?
Your team may have renamed the default epic issue type to something else (e.g. “Feature”) to match the terminology used in your business. All issue types can be renamed to whatever makes sense to your team in the Project Settings → Issue Types page.
Does this replace the Roadmap view?
The panel doesn’t replace all the amazing features you have in the Roadmap, and is instead looking to compliment these existing features.
What if my team doesn’t want to use epics?
We want your team to set next-gen up to suit how you work. If your team doesn’t find value in epics, then you can delete the epic issue type in the Project Settings → Issue Types page. Don’t worry, you can easily recreate this issue type at any time!
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