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Configure Dependencies in Jira for Advanced Roadmaps

This page refers to Advanced Roadmaps, which is a cross-project planning tool only available as part of Jira Software Cloud Premium and Enterprise.

We have a separate section for documentation about the project timeline that’s included in all Jira Software plans. Go to the documentation for project-level roadmaps in Jira Software.


The processes described in this section are only possible with the Jira Software Administrator permissions.

By default, dependencies in Advanced Roadmaps use the Blocks issue link type. In order to use custom issue links in your Advanced Roadmaps plan, they must be created and defined in Jira, then added to Advanced Roadmaps.

This is a two step process.

  1. Navigate to the Jira Software admin panel using the  icon in the upper right and select Issues.

  2. In the left hand sidebar, select Issue linking under Issue features

  3. Make sure that Issue linking is set to ON. If it's not, select Activate to enable it.

  4. Once activated, you can edit the NameOutward description, and Inward description of an existing issue link by selecting Edit from the right column. Use Update to save your changes.

    1. To add a new link, define the name of your new issue link and the descriptions using the fields under the Add New Link Type header. Use Add to save it. 

2. Apply that configuration to Advanced Roadmaps

  1. Navigate to the Jira Software admin panel using the  icon in the upper right and select Products.

  2. Go to Advanced Roadmaps dependencies. Add an issue linking type using the dropdown menu, or remove it with the x that appears in the box. Use Swap on the right side to invert the dependent relationship. 

  3. Select Save changes.

These changes will apply to dependencies in all plans in your instance. 

You also have the option of deciding whether Advanced Roadmaps uses concurrent or sequential dependencies. To read more about what these mean, see the Use sequential or concurrent dependencies in your plan page.

To change between sequential and concurrent dependencies:

  1. Select Plan settings from the left side navigation.

  2. Under Dependencies, select either sequential and concurrent dependencies.

Once configured, learn how to use dependencies in your plan.

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