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What are dependencies on the project 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.


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 timeline can only show issues with the Blocks issue link type and link issues from a single project. 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 timeline view. This window also shows dependencies between child issues, even when the parent is collapsed on your timeline. 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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