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Schedule parent issues on your timeline

This page refers to the timeline view in Jira and not your plan, the cross-project planning tool only available as part of Jira Cloud Premium and Enterprise.

Unless otherwise noted, the timeline view in Jira is the same for both company-managed and team-managed projects.


Parent issues on your timeline's timeline are scheduled using the Start date and Due date, regardless of whether you’re planning for scrum or kanban teams.

Start date and Due date are shown by default in the issue view of team-managed projects, but need to be manually added for company-managed projects. It’s required when planning for kanban teams, and also is a common cause of completed issues not showing on your timeline. Learn how to add these fields to your issue view.

When scheduling parent issues, you can manually set dates using either the dates fields or schedule bars. You can also choose to have a parent task inherit the dates of its children.

Schedule issues using the Start date and Due date fields

  1. Ensure that the Start date and Due date fields are visible in your issue view.

  2. Select the issue that you wish to schedule from the Issues column, which will open the side info panel.

  3. Find the Start date and Due date fields in the issue panel, and change the dates.

Schedule issues using the schedule bars

  1. From your timeline view, place the schedule bar where you’d like. The default duration of issues depends on the timeframe setting on your timeline. If your timeline is set to:

    • Weeks - your issues will be 7 days long.

    • Months - your issues will be 14 days long.

    • Quarters - your issues will be 30 days long.

  2. Drag either end of the schedule bar to change the start or end date.

Alternatively, you can right-click on the schedule bar to open the Change dates menu, then select Remove start date, Remove due date, or Clear both dates.

Infer dates from child issues

If the Start date and/or Due date fields on a parent issue are empty, the timeline infers its duration based on the dates assigned to child issues. We refer to this as a roll-up. These dates automatically update as those of the child issues change, but are overridden by any manually set dates.

Learn more about rolling up dates on the timeline.

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