Every board represents one or more projects, and every project uses either a JIRA Workflow or a Simplified Workflow to control the transitioning 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 Simplified Workflow. If your project was created via JIRA, it will be using a JIRA Workflow.
Simplified Workflow offers the following benefits:
|Simplified Workflow||JIRA Workflow|
Has three default steps for Scrum boards: To Do, In Progress, Done.
Has four default steps for Kanban boards: Backlog, Selected for Development, 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 are transitioned to the desired statuses (choose the desired statuses by ticking the checkbox next to the status when configuring the board's columns).
There is a known issue with this when an existing workflow is converted to the Simplified Workflow model. See this page for more info: Unable to set issues to Resolved using Greenhopper Simplified Workflow
|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 Simplified Workflow. You will then be able to easily add new statuses from within GreenHopper.
To switch to 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 Simplified Workflow:
Screenshot 2: the 'Board Configuration' screen ('Columns' tab) — this board is using Simplified Workflow:
Click the Columns tab. You will see either:
You will only be able to switch to Simplified Workflow if: