We are going to start using Kanban instead of scrum, but I have a concern regarding the total list of all tasks. On my Kanban board I would prefer only to show those issues with the highest prio. All the other issues I want to have in another list, almost like a backlog.
Can this be solved within Kanban?
As a matter of fact, there is!
It will require that you enable JIRA Software Labs, but an Admin can do that. Review the information here;
Backlog isn't possible with Kanban boards on server version.
On cloud it's available in Labs feature - https://confluence.atlassian.com/jirasoftwarecloud/blog/2016/02/make-way-for-backlogs-in-kanban-boards
If you are using server version then I would suggest to use two Kanban boards, one for backlog prioritizing and the other for Actual day to day work.
Although there is not a backlog in Kanban like there is in scrum you can still accomplish this useing the filter that your board runs on by adding AND Priority is in (P5, P4) or what ever your priorities look like. For the lower Prio's you can set up a separate board for them. Not I deal but may be worth a shot. You could also give the quick filters in Board config a shot so that you can see the different prio's in the different Quick filter views.
Hope this helps.
I always set up scrum projects for managing the backlog, because I like the process of grooming the backlog better on Jira's SCRUM interface when working with PO's. However, for non-scurm projects, I create a second board called ProjectName-Kanban for managing the tasks. Literally all we use the Scrum board for after that is backlog grooming. The dev team uses the kanban exclusively for task management.
Because the kanban is based on the same filter as the scrum board, any changes in priority on one are reflected in the other.
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