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Enable child-issue planning on the 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.


The ability to plan work using child-level issues (such as stories, bugs, and tasks) is not enabled by default. This is because issues on the timeline are scheduled using the Start date and Due date fields which might not align with everyone’s workflows.

Before enabling this feature, an administrator needs to add the Start date and Due date fields to the issue view for company-managed projects (they’re shown by default in team-managed projects). Learn how to add these fields to your issue view.

Once allowed in your site, you can plan issues at the Epic (level 1) and Story (level 0) hierarchy levels on your timeline. The timeline doesn’t show issues at the Sub-Task (level -1) level.

To enable child-issue planning on your timeline:

  1. From your board, select More (•••) in the top right corner, then select Board settings. Alternatively, from your timeline, select > Configure Timeline from the upper right of your timeline view (next to Export).

  2. Make sure that Timeline is selected from the list, then toggle the switch for Child level issue scheduling.

    1. Those planning in scrum can also choose whether your timeline shows child issues based on their sprint dates or using their exact start and end dates by selecting Visualize child issues by sprints or Schedule child issues by dates respectively.

Once enabled you can now plan child-level issues on your timeline.

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