You can create relations and/or dependencies between issues by using the right link type
Issue Links are in their own section/subtab of the Edit Issue page. The section shows the linked issue(s), the type of links, link description, issue type and status.
Links can be edited or deleted by clicking on the appropriate action icons for the link in question.
Note: Deleting a link only removes the connection between the issues - it does not delete the linked issue itself!
Create a new issue link
To create a new issue link, just click on 'Add Link' to open the selection dialog.
You can then enter an issuekey, or search for a suitable issue to link to the current issue, and what kind of issue link it should be.
Issue link types
There are several types of Issue Links in VisionFlow, all representing different relationships between two issues. Most have directionality - meaning it's important to know from which issue to which issue the relationship works. You have to read the link names like this: This issue ... (link type) the linked issue.
For example, "Blocked by" means this issue is blocked by the linked issue. "Active copy from" means this issue was copied from the linked issue, and (some) changes to the linked issue updates this issue.
List of issue link types:
Related to: This means the issues are related in some way. For example if an issue mentions another and you want to have a link to the other issue, then 'Related to' is a good choice. This type has no directionality.
Duplicates/Duplicated by: These link types are useful when you have managed to create two different identical issues. Create a Duplicate link, and close one issue, as you will have the link to the other.
Blocking/Blocked by (Finish-to-start): The blocking link types makes one issue dependent on another. Finish-to-start means that the Blocked issue cannot be started unless the blocking issue is finished. Look at the name of the linked issue in the link list. If it is crossed over, that means it is completed, and you can start on the current issue.
Blocking/Blocked by (Finish-to-finish): The blocking link types makes one issue dependent on another. Finish-to-finish means that the Blocked issue cannot be finished unless the blockin issue is finished. Look at the name of the linked issue in the link list. If it is crossed over, that means it is completed, and you can change the status of the issue to a completed status.
Copied to/Copied from: This is a relationship created automatically when an issue is copied. This makes it easy to navigate back to the original issue and its history. These statuses are greyed out in the link select box, as they are only set when copying an issue.
Causes/Caused by:These link types are useful to indicate that an issue is caused by another issue or reverse.
Active copy to/Active copy from/Active copy both ways: When copying an issue you can choose to have an active link between the issues. If you makes an update to an issue that has an active link to another issue you will get a question if you would like to update the "active linked" issue as well. "Both ways" means both issues can update the other issue. These statuses are greyed out in the link select box, as they are only set when doing an active copy of an issue.
Active reference to/Active reference from/Active reference both ways: When updating an issue that has an active reference to another issue you will get a question if you would like to update the "active linked" issue as well. "Both ways" means both issues can update the other issue. This works the same as "Active copy ...", but this link type can be created manually between two related issues without any copying going on.
Read more about active copies and active references here.
How to create a work plan with constraints?
Make key issues blocking others, to force users to complete the issues in order.
Another useful function is in the sub-issues section - check the box 'Subissues should be done in order', to force sub-issues to be completed in order.
Using these functions, it is easy to create a work plans where issues must be done in a particular order.