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What does the project roadmap show?

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.

The roadmap view is valuable for creating and planning long-term projects. It visualizes data from your issues in a Gantt chart so that you can manage your team's work within a single project.

Roadmaps can only show issues from one project

Cross-project planning is only possible in Advanced Roadmaps, which is included with Jira Software Premium and Enterprise. Learn more about how Advanced Roadmaps helps you plan across multiple teams.

An overview of the roadmap in Jira Software Cloud

The column on the left side of your roadmap shows the issues in your plan. Parent issues, such as epics, have child issues nested underneath them. You can use the filters at the top of your plan to show or hide issues based on specific criteria. Learn more about filters.

The default parent issue type in Jira Software is Epic, which is what we use in this documentation. However, this is a dynamic value based on how your administrator configures the parent issue type. For example, if your project uses feature as the parent issue type, you’ll see Create Feature.

Each issue on your roadmap shows:

The Timeline section of your plan is home to bars that represent the duration of scheduled issues. Parent issues are scheduled using dates, either those you manually set or those it infers from its child issues. Learn more about scheduling parent issues on your roadmap.

Child issues in Scrum projects are scheduled using the dates of the sprints to which they’re assigned. Learn more about scheduling child issues for Scrum teams. Kanban teams can’t yet schedule child issues on the timeline, though this feature is coming soon.

By default, the top of the timeline shows dates. Use toggle in the bottom right corner to change between Weeks, Months, or Quarters. Along with the dates at the top of your plan, your roadmap also shows sprints (scrum teams only) and releases associated with your project. Learn more about releases on your roadmap.

If you want your roadmap to take up the full screen, use the fullscreen icon in the lower right corner of the screen.

In the example above, there’s lines connecting the timeline bars. These are Dependencies, also called Issue Links in other parts of Jira, which 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. Learn more about dependencies on your roadmap.

Lastly, select an issue on your roadmap to open the side panel that allows you to make changes to your issues without leaving the roadmap.

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