Configuring versions in a Kanban project

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A version is a set of features and fixes released together as a single update to your application. Assigning issues to versions helps you plan the order in which new features (stories) for your application will be released to your customers.In Jira Software, you can view your issues according to which version they belong to. You can also drag-and-drop issues into a version to assign them to it, which you should do before you start work on the issues. This helps you plan your upcoming versions, which may span multiple sprints.

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Before you begin

The functions for managing versions require different permissions. For example, you need the 'Edit Issues' permission to add an issue to a version. Read Permissions overview for more information.

Managing versions

  1. Navigate to your board.
  2. Click Backlog. If the Versions panel is not showing, click VERSIONS on the left side of the board (aligned vertically) to open it.

    Add a new versionClick Create version (you will need to hover over the 'VERSIONS' panel to show this link), enter the version details, and create it.
    * The Start Date is used to give you a more accurate Version Report in cases where you might plan a version many weeks or even months in advance, but not actually commence work until closer to the release date.
    * The End Date is used to calculate the days remaining in a release on the Release Hub.
    Update a version's detailsFor the version name, click the arrow next to the name, then choose Edit name
    For other fields (e.g. Description), click the field to edit it.
    Add an issue to a versionDrag and drop the issue onto the version in the 'VERSIONS' panel.
    Remove an issue from a versionDrag and drop the issue onto Issues without versions in the 'VERSIONS' panel.
    Filter issues by versionClick the version in the 'VERSIONS' panel to show only issues in that version. Click All issues to remove the filter. Alternatively, click Clear all filters next to the column's name.

Screenshot: viewing versions in the Backlog


  • You can use the JQL fixVersion  field to search for a version's issues — see JQL (Jira Admin documentation) for details.

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Last modified on Jan 25, 2019

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