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  1. Jira Software Cloud
  2. JSWCLOUD-19451

Parent link should behave in the same way as epic link (i.e. forming a link in the background)

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      NOTE: This suggestion is for JIRA Portfolio Cloud. Using JIRA Portfolio Server? See the corresponding suggestion.

      As per all of the comments here: https://answers.atlassian.com/questions/39986944/answers/40347822/comments/43110013

      The key concerns for us with the current implementation are:

      • It's not possible to use ScriptRunner's JQL functions (or indeed functions from a variety of add ons) to find children of initiatives that meet certain criteria. With a normal link, or even epic link, it is possible to run JQL to find all linked issues where the parent issue meets certain criteria - for enterprise this is absolutely critical.
      • It's not possible to update the field via scripts, it's possible to do this for epic links
      • It's not possible to use add ons like Structure to build hierarchies as this isn't a real link type
      • It's not possible to use this field for any kind of reporting outside of JIRA as it doesn't extract the issue key

      This basically means the current implementation of the field/JQL is only useful if you want to find the epics linked to known parent initiatives, which only works if you have a small set of initiatives to work with - we have thousands, and cannot currently create a background link to use for searching when a "parent link" is created because we can't access the field value via scripts.

      Please feel free to contact me if you would like more information about our use cases.

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