Every board represents one or more projects, and every project uses either a JIRA Workflow or a GreenHopper Simplified Workflow to control the movement of issues from one status to another. The workflow determines which statuses are available.
If your project was created together with a board via the GreenHopper 'Getting Started' page, it will probably be using a GreenHopper Simplified Workflow. If your project was created via JIRA, it will be using a JIRA Workflow.
GreenHopper Simplified Workflow offers the following benefits:
|GreenHopper Simplified Workflow||JIRA Workflow|
Has three default steps: To Do, In Progress, Done.
|Has more steps than are typically needed on a board (e.g. see the default JIRA workflow).|
|Allows issues to be dragged freely between columns.||Has workflow "conditions" which prevent issues from being dragged freely between all columns.|
|Displays no screens on any transitions – all transitions will happen instantly. (Automatically sets a resolution of 'Done' when issues move into the 'Done' column.)||Displays screens for Resolve Issue, Close Issue and Reopen Issue.|
|Can be edited from within GreenHopper (see Adding a new status on the Configuring Columns page), provided you have the 'Administer Projects' permission (for the one project that is on the board).|
Can only be edited via JIRA (see Configuring Workflow), not from within GreenHopper.
For details about steps, transitions and conditions, please see the JIRA documentation on Configuring Workflow.
If your project(s) are currently using JIRA workflow, you may want to switch to GreenHopper Simplified Workflow. You will then be able to easily add new statuses from within GreenHopper.
To switch to GreenHopper Simplified Workflow:
Click the Columns tab.
Click the Simplify workflow button as shown in Screenshot 1 (below).
In some cases this button may not be available — please see Why can't I switch to GreenHopper Simplified Workflow? (below).
Screenshot 1: the 'board Configuration' screen ('Columns' tab) — this board is not using GreenHopper Simplified Workflow:
Screenshot 2: the 'board Configuration' screen ('Columns' tab) — this board is using GreenHopper Simplified Workflow:
Click the Columns tab. You will see either:
You will only be able to switch to GreenHopper Simplified Workflow if: