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Group by Issue Links

The Group by Issue Links generator allows you to group linked issues.

Structure with issue links grouper

Placement matters. Generators only affect issues beneath them, so if you want to group the entire structure, place the generator at the very top. If you place it anywhere else, it will only group the items beneath it.

To add a Group by Issue Links generator, open the Add menu and select Group.

Add a Group generator

This will display the Group generator options. Select Issue Links.

Select the type of group generator

Each Group by Issue Links generator can be customized to create exactly the hierarchy you need.

Group by Issue Links settings

When a generator runs, it runs as the structure owner. This is important because the generator will have access to the same projects, issues, etc. as the user listed here – if they don’t have permission to view an issue, it won’t be added to the structure.

Select the link type issues should be grouped by.

Select the direction of the link.

By default, Group generators ignore data added to your structure by other Group generators, because in most cases the added data doesn't group well.

Imagine you add both Group by Sprint and Group by Issue Links to a structure (see Grouping Order below). Here's a breakdown of how that would work:

  1. Structure starts with your top level issues (or adds them with an Insert generator).
  2. Next, it applies the first Group generator in our list, the Group by Sprint. This creates a new level in your hierarchy.
  3. Then Structure applies the Group by Issue Links generator. At this point, the true "current" level is a list of sprints, which are not issues and don't have links to group them by. So Structure ignores these items, and creates the new group of issue links based on the original issues.

Allows you to specify which level within the hierarchy the grouping should be applied to:

  • Levels are based on the placement of the generator, where "Level 1" is the level the generator is located on, "Level 2" is the level beneath that, and so on.

Select where the generator should be placed within the structure hierarchy. This location will be considered "Level 1" when determining which level the grouping is applied to (see "Group on level" above).

You have three options:

  • Current level - The generator will be placed on the currently-selected level. 
  • Level below - The generator will be placed on the level below the currently-selected item.
  • Top level - The generator will be placed at the top of the structure.
If a level is grayed out, it means it is not possible to place the generator on that level.

See Generator Scope to learn more.

Generators are applied to the current level, in the order they appear in the structure.

In the example below, we added Group by Issue Links and Group by Status generators. Two new levels were created, grouping our issues first by Issue Links and then by Status:

Multiple Groupers

To rearrange the hierarchy so that Status is at the top level, followed by Issue Links, simply reorder the generators, so that Group by Status is above Group by Issue Links.

Multiple Groupers

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