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A board displays issues from one or more projects, giving you a flexible way of viewing, managing, and reporting on work in progress. There are three types of boards in Jira Software:

  • Next-gen board: For teams who are new to agile. Get your team up-and-running with this simplified board. The set-up is straight-forward and streamlined, delivering more power progressively as you need it.
  • Scrum board: For teams that plan their work in sprints. Includes a backlog.
  • Kanban boardFor teams that focus on managing and constraining their work-in-progress. Includes the option of a Kanban backlog.

You can use a board that someone else has created, or create your own—you can create as many boards as you like. A project can have multiple boards, and a combination of Scrum, Kanban, and agility boards.

Boards can display up to 5000 issues at a time. If your board is trying to display more than 5000 issues at once, you'll receive an error message, and be prompted to update your filters.

See Configuring filters for guidance on editing your filters.

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Accessing a board

In Jira Software, a board must belong to either a project, or a person—this is known as the board's location. A software project can have multiple boards, even a combination of classic Scrum and Kanban boards, depending on the needs of your team.

To see all the boards in your Jira site:

  1. Click Search  (in the global sidebar).
  2. Under Recent boards, select View all boards.

To see boards that belong to you, choose Your profile and settings () > Your boards.

To access a board that belongs to your project:

  1. Click your Jira icon () > Projects.
  2. Select a project.
  3. Navigate to the project's board (for Scrum, that'll be Active Sprints).

To switch boards in a project that has multiple boards:

  1. Navigate to your project.
  2. Select the board switcher, which you'll find under your project's name.

What can I do on a board?

Depending on what you need to do, click one of the following:

  • If you're on a next-gen board, go to Project Settings Features to switch on features such as Backlog and Sprints. 
  • If you're on a Scrum board, choose Backlog, Active sprints, or Reports.
  • If you're on a Kanban board, choose Kanban board, Backlog*, or Reports.

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By default, a Kanban board doesn't have a separate backlog. Rather, it has a backlog as its first column. A separate backlog will only be available if you enable the Kanban backlog.

On a Scrum board

Backlog

The backlog of a Scrum board shows the issues for your project grouped into a backlog and sprints. In the Scrum backlog, you can create and update issues, drag and drop issues to rank them, or assign them to sprints, epics, or versions, manage epics, and more. You'd typically use the Scrum backlog when building a backlog of issues, planning a new version, and planning a sprint.

  1. Selected issue: Select an issue to view its details.
  2. Backlog: Estimate issues and plan your sprints.
  3. Issue actions: Move an issue, clone it, log time spent working on it, and perform other actions.
  4. Issue details: See the assignee and description, make comments, and add content to the issue.

Active sprints

The Active sprints of a Scrum board displays the issues that your team is currently working on. You can create and update issues, and drag and drop issues to transition them through a workflow.

Reports

Reporting is an activity that you will be doing throughout a project. Jira Software has a range of reports that you can use to show information about your project, versions, epics, sprints, and issues.

On a Kanban board

Backlog

By default, Kanban boards have the Backlog column, where you plan work for your team. Planning work in a small column becomes difficult as more issues are added in the column. By enabling and using the Kanban backlog, you have a bigger space to create and rank issues, and select issues for your team to start working on.

  1. Selected for development: This is the name of the first column on your Kanban board.
  2. Backlog: Issues ready to be dragged into Selected for Development so you can start work on them.
  3. Selected issue details: Comment, update details, add content, and more.

Kanban board

The Kanban board is a board that was created using the Kanban preset (see Creating a board).

Kanban is based on the continuous delivery of work. Rather than plan iterations, the flow of work is constantly monitored to ensure that there are always tasks being worked on. This means that when tasks are completed, new tasks are pulled into work-in-progress.

Use the Kanban board if your team focuses on managing and constraining work-in-progress.

Reports

Reporting is an activity that you will be doing throughout a project. Jira Software has a range of reports that you can use to show information about your project, versions, epics, sprints, and issues.

On a next-gen board

Next-gen boards are just like classic Scrum and Kanban boards. But instead of giving you all the features from the start, they start with very few features - it's up to you to enable whatever features you need. This way, your board will only display information you need, and is flexible enough to adapt to your team as it grows.

Check out Working with next-gen projects for more information.

Using the project sidebar

The project sidebar is your one-stop shop for anything and everything that concerns your project. Any tab you click on the project sidebar opens a page that contains information for the project that you're currently working on. Let's say you're working on an agile project and you're currently on a Scrum board for that project. When you click Backlog on the project sidebar, it opens the Backlog page, which contains the issues, stories, epics, and other details of your project:

  1. Project sidebar: Click any of the project-centric tabs to view more details about your project.

  2. The important stuff: Displays project details, depending on the tab selected on the project sidebar.

Using the issue detail view

Whether you're working on a Scrum or Kanban board, you can click on any issue to view it in more detail:

  1. Quick add buttons: Add attachments, subtasks, linked issues, and content from Atlassian Marketplace apps.
  2. Watch and more actions: Watch the issue, and perform other issue actions like move and clone.
  3. Transition issues: Quickly get from to-do to done, and any status or workflow step in between.
  4. Show more issue details: Reveal all issue fields, including fields that don't yet have values.

The issue detail view has a default layout in terms of the fields that are displayed. However, you can customize the issue detail view to show additional fields, such as an issue's resolution, environment, security level, custom fields, and more. See Configuring the issue detail view for more information.

Next steps

 Need help? If you can't find the answer you need in our documentation, we have other resources available to help you. See Getting help.

Last modified on Nov 23, 2018

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