How To Create An Epic On Jira

‘Scope’, in the context of Agile software development, is used to describe a significant amount of work that has been divided into smaller, more manageable ‘User Stories’. Having Epics is essential for successful project management and efficient team collaboration. A commonly used project management software for Agile teams is JIRA. In this blog post, we will guide you through the steps of generating an Epic in JIRA, as well as its importance.

Step 1: Navigate to the ‘Backlog’ of your project

After logging in to your JIRA account, head over to your desired project where you want to create an epic. Once you’re in the project, click on the ‘Backlog’ located on the left side of your screen.

Step 2: Click on ‘Create Epic’

On the backlog screen, you’ll find the ‘EPICS’ panel on the left side. Click on the ‘Create Epic’ button (which is usually located at the bottom of the panel).

Step 3: Fill in the details

A dialog box will appear where you can fill in the details of the Epic. Important fields include the ‘Name’ of the Epic (which should be concise but descriptive), the ‘Summary’ (a brief description of what the Epic is about), and the ‘Description’ (a more detailed explanation).

Step 4: Save the Epic

Once all the details have been filled in, click on the ‘Create’ button to save your Epic. Your newly created Epic will now appear in the ‘EPICS’ panel.

Step 5: Add Issues to the Epic

After creating an Epic, you can add related ‘Issues’ or ‘User Stories’ to it. To do this, simply drag and drop existing issues from the backlog onto the Epic, or create new issues within the Epic.

And there you have it! You have just created an Epic in JIRA. Remember, the key to effective project management in Agile is breaking down large tasks into smaller, manageable parts, and Epics are the perfect tool to help you do that.

As a side note, when creating an Epic (or any issue in JIRA), you can use the JIRA Query Language (JQL) for advanced search and management of your issues. For example, to search for all issues in a specific Epic, you can use the following JQL query:

“Epic Link” = EPIC-KEY

Replace EPIC-KEY with the key of your Epic, and all issues linked to that Epic will be returned.


Creating Epics in JIRA is a straightforward process that can greatly enhance your project management capabilities. By effectively using Epics, you can improve your team’s workflow, track progress more effectively, and ultimately deliver better results.