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How to sort the cards on Kanban board by priority?

Deleted user Sep 18, 2020

Hi, community!


I have a Kanban board like this Problem is I can't find how to sort the cards by priority. High priority cards should be in top, low priority in bottom


Could you please help me?

2 answers

3 votes
Jack Brickey Community Leader Sep 18, 2020

you can change your board's filter to sort by priority, e.g.

project = my project order by priority DESC

the actual order is governed by how you have them listed in the admin section, e.g. Highest, High, Medium, Low, Lowest

note that if you are currently using Ranking for rank your issues then this will be disrupted.

another consideration would be to use swimlanes by priority or card colors by priority.

How do I change the filter to sort by priority?

Like Carmen M Ramírez likes this
Jack Brickey Community Leader Jan 17, 2021

If Classic project click on the ellipses in top right and select Board settings > general

Like Carmen M Ramírez likes this

Is there a way to have Rank ASC, and priority DESC so that the PO can order the cards on the column on the board as well as have priority be the default order on the board?

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add the below to the board filter

order by rank ASC, priority DESC

try and LMK results. i have never personally attempted.

Nope...does not work.

Like _Starfall x_ likes this

By default Kanban boards sort by Rank (i.e. top of the list is top priority). So you don't need to maintain an explicit Priority field unless you are managing priority outside of a board (e.g. you have an external incident/defect management tool which is used for prioritisation). If you definitely need an explicit Priority field, go with what Jack said.

I'm not sure how this answers my question:  Is there a way to have Rank ASC and Priority ASC?

Looking for this as well - I set the board filter to order by rank ASC, priority DESC but it then doesn't allow you to drag within the swimlane.  I was expecting it to allow me to order within the same priority. 

Rank is a unique sort. Any sort after Rank won’t have the effect you’re looking for. It’s a bit like sorting by Key then sorting by something else - once you’ve applied the first sort the subsequent sorts don’t have any effect. You could sort by priority and then by rank.

Priority and Rank are effectively doing the same thing.

Like Maciej Kwidziński likes this

I ended up creating swimlanes for each priority level and then I can drag and drop by rank as needed.

Like Maciej Kwidziński likes this

As usual, awful UX.

Like Maciej Kwidziński likes this

Have a re-read of Darrel's point from 2021.  It's not a "awful UX" to have something that actually works with the reality of your data.

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The fact this article even exists is proof that the system provided to set this up is non-intuitive and therefore bad UX.

Ok, so let me change the question, to get a different viewpoint. 

How would you improve the UX?


"The fact this article even exists is proof that the system provided to set this up is non-intuitive and therefore bad UX."

I disagree. The tool is general purpose and quite powerful. Many customers have varied, specific requirements. There are many ways to solve different problems and these discussions are worth having in community articles so you get a variety of views.

Bear in mind these are specific questions for specific use cases. In this scenario the more general question is essentially "What are my options for display of prioritisation in Kanban boards" and there are a variety of options: order by Rank, order Priority or both using swimlanes.

Like Nic Brough _Adaptavist_ likes this

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