How To Parent Jira

Utilizing the capabilities of Jira has the potential to revolutionize your approach to project management and greatly enhance efficiency. However, in order to achieve success with Jira, it is imperative to have a thorough understanding of its structure and how it pertains to issues and their interconnections. In this article, we will concentrate on a specific relationship known as parent-child, also referred to as ‘Parenting in Jira’.

Understanding Issue Linking and Parenting in Jira

Jira allows you to create relationships between issues by linking them. One such relationship is the parent-child relationship, where a ‘parent’ issue is linked with one or more ‘child’ issues. This is especially helpful when you want to break down a larger task (parent) into smaller, more manageable tasks (children).

How to Set A Parent Link in Jira

To create a parent-child relationship in Jira, follow these steps:

  1. Open the child issue you want to link to a parent.
  2. Click on the ‘More’ button on the issue page, then click on ‘Link’.
  3. In the ‘Link’ dialog box, select ‘relates to’ in the ‘This issue’ field.
  4. In the ‘Issue’ field, enter the issue key of the parent issue.
  5. Click on the ‘Link’ button to establish the link.
<!-- Code to Link a Parent -->
<!-- Open the child issue -->
Open Issue &gt; More &gt; Link &gt; 'relates to' &gt; Enter Parent Issue Key &gt; Link

Remember, you can only set a parent link if you have the ‘Link Issues’ permission in your project.

Managing Parent and Sub-task Relationships in Jira

While the parent-child relationship helps in breaking down tasks, Jira also allows you to create a hierarchical relationship using ‘sub-tasks’. A sub-task is a smaller piece of work that’s part of a larger task (the parent issue). You can create, manage, and track sub-tasks just like any other issue in Jira.


Understanding and leveraging the power of issue linking and parenting in Jira can greatly enhance your project management capabilities. It allows for better task breakdown, improved tracking, and efficient work management. So go ahead, explore the feature and watch your productivity soar!