Epics | Targetprocess - Visual management software

Epic in Targetprocess is one of the entity types in the data model.

Epic is a high-level scope of work which may contain Features. In small Projects, Epics are optional. In large and medium Projects you may want to have one more level of hierarchy for requirements, and Epic can be handy:

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Epics are denoted by cyan color.

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How Epics are used

For example, you have large module and several features inside this module. Or you have large feature and break it down to smaller, like Minimal Viable Feature and Minimal Marketable Feature.


More interesting view is a full drill-down from Epics to User Stories. Add List view with the following setup:

Full Backlog Setup

As a result, you can see full backlog hierarchy:

Full Backlog


The following custom terms and aliases are frequently used for Epic entity:

  • Goal, Initiative, Objective
  • Strategic Theme, Strategy
  • Program Epic, Portfolio Epic
  • Product
  • Theme, Area, Topic, Category
  • Phase
  • Saga

More on custom process terms: Rename Terms (Entity Types).

Parent Entities

Epic always belongs to a single Project. It is listed in Project field in Info panel. Parent Program of the Project is automatically inherited by an Epic.

Epic may belong to single Release. It is listed in Release field in Info panel.

Nested Entities

Epic may have multiple nested Features. They are listed on Features tab. A Feature may be related only to a single Epic.

User Stories and Bugs cannot belong to Epics directly. You have to assign User Stories and Bugs to intermediate Features that belong to an Epic.

Effort and Progress Calculation

Total Effort of an Epic having at least one Feature is always equal to total Effort of its Features.

Total time spent of an Epic is always equal to total time spent on its Features. It is not possible to submit Time record to an Epic directly.

More information:

Details View

Epic details view is quite familiar. It has usual properties and contains a list of related Features as well as Epic progress tracking information. So now you can track progress on a higher level:

Epic View

Epic is quite similar to Feature entity and you can define terminology for Epic, create custom fields, set permissions and customize its workflow:

Epic Workflow

You can export and import Epics, print Epics, access them via REST API, create Timelines with Epics, etc.

Epics Improvements in v3.7.4

'Convert' action for Epics

Now you can convert an Epic to a Feature, User Story or Request. You can also convert a Feature, User Story or Request to an Epic.

convert epic

In addition to converting, we've also added the possibility to assign Epics to Releases and display the History of an Epic.

Advanced Filters with references to Epics

Advanced Filter for parent Epic for Features:

?Epic is "Epic A"

Filter for parent Epic for User Stories

If on your view User Stories are selected as cards then there are two ways to filter them by parent Epic within their parent Feature:

?Feature.Epic is "Epic 1"
?Feature.Epic.Name is "Epic 1"

Advanced Filters with references to Epics

If User Stories are distributed by Features, it is enough to filter just Features by parent Epic:

?Epic is "Epic 1"
?Epic.Name is "Epic 1"

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