Reopening a sprint
General points when reopening sprints
To reopen a sprint, you must be logged in as a user with the Jira administrator permissions or a user with the manage sprints permission. For details, see Permissions overview.
In general, it's worthy to keep these points in mind when you're trying to reopen a sprint:
- When the Parallel Sprints feature is not enabled and there is a currently active sprint, you cannot reopen the sprint you previously completed.
- When issues in the completed sprint have already been moved to other active sprints, you can still reopen the sprint, but it will not contain the issues that are already in the active sprints.
- For issues that are completed outside of a sprint, but are then pulled back into a sprint you just reopened, the Sprint Report for the opened sprint will show these issues as "completed outside of this sprint".
The following diagram shows you the possible flows when you're reopening sprints, depending on certain scenarios.
Scenarios where you can reopen sprints
In the sample scenarios listed below, let's assume the following details:
- You've created a sprint and named it "Sprint 1".
- You added some issues to Sprint 1, and then started it.
- Your team is currently working on the issue in Sprint 1.
- You have a future planned sprint named "Sprint 2".
The following are some examples of simple scenarios where you may want to reopen a sprint, and the results you can expect.
Sprint 1 cannot be reopened because all incomplete issues in Sprint 1 when it was closed are now in the currently active Sprint 2.
In some cases, you may be able to reopen a sprint, but the results may not be as what you expect them to be. Or you may not be able to reopen a sprint altogether. The following are some examples of complex scenarios where you may want to reopen a sprint, and the results you can expect.
Sprint 1 cannot be reopened for the following reasons:
Sprint 1 cannot be reopened because all of its issues are now in the currently active sprint, Sprint 2.
Closed and completed sprints get automatically removed from the Sprint issue field when you’re moving issues to a new project. Learn more about the issue in the Knowledge Base article
Reopening a sprint
- Navigate to your desired board.
- Select Reports, and then select Sprint Report.
- Select the relevant sprint from the sprint drop-down.
- Select Reopen Sprint. The Reopen Sprint dialog will be displayed, showing you the outcome you can expect when the sprint is reopened.
- Select Reopen.
Note the following details that take place when a sprint is completed then reopened:
- When you complete a sprint, this event of completing the sprint will be recorded in the corresponding Sprint Report.
- When you reopen that sprint, this event of reopening the sprint will also be recorded in the Sprint Report. However, the report will now use the new end date moving forward.
- When the reopened sprint is completed, the last completion date will appear as the end date in the Sprint Report.
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