Monitoring work in a Kanban project
Before you begin
You need to configure the columns for your board. When configuring the columns, make sure to:
- Assign a distinct function to each state (column) in your development process, like in progress, testing, awaiting merge.
- Configure appropriate constraints for the columns.
Also, different functionalities on the Kanban board require different permissions. For example, to create a version, you need to be a project administrator for the project that the version belongs to. See Permissions overview for more information.
About the Kanban board
An issue will only be visible on the Kanban board if:
- the issue isn't a subtask,
- the issue matches the board's saved filter,
- the issue's status maps to one of the board's columns (but not the Done column), and
- there's at least a status being mapped to the right-most column.
For example, if you have the columns Selected for Development, In Progress, and Done, ensure that you have a status mapped to In Progress at least. If you map all the statuses to the first (Selected for Development) column, you won't be able to see any issues in the Kanban board.
Accessing the Kanban board
- Go to your Kanban project.
- In the project menu, click Kanban board.
Here's and example of the Kanban board with an issue selected.
If you need to see both the selected issue and the rest of your scrum or kanban board, you can choose to open the new Jira issue view as a right sidebar. To do it, go to a board and choose ••• > Open issues in sidebar.
What can I do on a Kanban board?
|Add issues to the Kanban board||
Click the icon in the global sidebar.
Check the Create another checkbox in the Create Issue dialog to keep it open if you're creating multiple issues.
|Prioritize the Kanban board||
Drag and drop an issue to rank it. You can also right-click the issue to open a menu that allows you to send it to the top or the bottom of the column.
|View and edit an issue's details||
Select an issue to open the issue detail view and edit issue details.
To open the issue in a separate tab or window, right-click on the issue key.
To view the details of an epic issue, click the epic lozenge on the issue itself.
|Filter issues||Click a Quick Filter (below the board name), like Only My Issues. See Configuring Quick Filters for details.|
|Prioritize an issue||Drag and drop an issue within a column to rank it.|
|Transition an issue||
Drag and drop an issue between columns.
When transitioning multiple issues...
Depending on the following conditions, you can press the Shift or Ctrl key to select and transition multiple issues from the backlog to the next status in your project's workflow:
Select an issue and click .
Subtasks are useful for breaking a story (issue) down into implementable chunks.
|Flag an issue||
Select an issue and click ••• > Add flag.
|Delete an issue||
Select an issue and click ••• > Delete.
|Bulk change issues||Right-click (or select multiple issues and right-click) and select Bulk Change.|
|Release issues||Click Release to release completed issues. When you release issues, these issues no longer appear in the Done column, and a release version is created, which you can view in the Releases tab of the project.|
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