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What are dependencies on the project roadmap?

This page refers to the roadmap view in Jira Software and not Advanced Roadmaps, the cross-project planning tool only available as part of Jira Software Cloud Premium and Enterprise.

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


Dependencies, also called Issue Links in other parts of Jira, allow you to show the order in which issues need to be done. If there’s a dependency between two issues, one must be finished before the next can begin.

In order to use this feature, a Jira admin needs to enable issue linking. The roadmap can only show issues with the Blocks issue link type. Learn how to enable issue linking.


To get an in-depth view of an issue’s dependencies, select the dependency line or the link icon on the roadmap view. This window also shows dependencies between child issues, even when the parent is collapsed on your roadmap. In the event of overlapping dates, the dependency link turns red, signaling the potential for delay or risk:

The roadmap view of your project lets you know when two issues overlap in Jira Software Cloud

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