Our department is working on 1000's of tasks divided up in to smaller departments. Our specific department wants to have a kanban with our own tasks (but they involve other departments) and we want to rank our tasks INDEPENDENTLY of how the tasks are ranked on other boards. Is this possible?
Ranking is based on a global ranking field by default, but you should be able to decouple that.
Try creating a new "rank" type field, but limit it to just the project(s) for that one department. Use the field configuration to hide the global rank field from them too, to help keep it clear for your users. Then change the board filter so that it orders by your new rank field.
Following on from the comment from @Nic Brough [Adaptavist] you need to be very careful when working with different Rank fields. For instance, I assume that what is a priority in one department should be visible to other departments in terms of the overall ranking. If you decouple the ranking for one department this could lead to challenges with maintaining the overall view. So here is an alternative option for you. If each department has their own Kanban board on which they can (globally) rank their issues then they can move up/down those items appropriately within their board. If an item is shared across multiple boards then the change in priority can be seen on each board. JIRA cannot solve the problem of different teams not talking to each other but can at least provide visibility of the common priority.
No, it's automatic. If you add a new custom field to a project, set of projects, issuetype or even globally, it makes it *available* for use by all the issues straight away. Once you've added it, you should change the board filter to say "order by <your new rank field>" and then you'll be able to rank them separately.
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