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How to sort the kanban board on summary?


We created a kanban board and now want to be able to sort based on summary. This does work for the kanban backlog, but not for the board itself?

Does anybody know what other settings need to be done?


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Hi Erik,

You can go to Board > Configure and edit your Filter query to be ordered by Summary. It should be ordered by Rank by default.


We have a query set up (see screenshot below) but it does not reflect in the board itself (see first screenshot in my opening post, but only in the backlog overview (second screenshot).



I think it's because your board's filter is showing sub-task so the Sub-task's summary is also getting sorted.

That might be so. Is it possible to not show the sub tasks ?

Yes try edit your Filter Query to

project = 10303 AND fixVersion = Unplanned and issuetype != Sub-task ORDER BY summary ASC

Thanks. I've tried it, but that doesnt filter out the sub-tasks somehow...

Try going to Issues > Search for issues and put the query in to see if it works there.

That unfortunately also does not give the result I hoped.

 I think we just need to except it as is.

I'm afraid the query is naive - it is assuming your sub-tasks are named Sub-task, which may not be the case.


Project = ENAM and fixversion is empty and issuetype in standardIssueTypes() order by summary

That does solve the sorting on summary name, but now the sub-tasks are not shown, which means we cannot move the sub-tasks between the swimlanes.

It is a way forward, but not quite what I need :) Thanks for thinking along anyway!

Ok, I was only looking at the problem with that specific query.

You can't do what I think you are trying to do because you can't do "Order by Summary, but keep all the subtasks under their parents" (without some code anyway - you can usually spot a Jira I've configured because it will have a scripted "parent" field to allow such grouping).

The only thing I can think of doing on your board is to have a board filter that includes both standard and sub-tasks, but then have a "quick filter" for "issuetype in standardIssueTypes".  That will let you at least toggle the view of them on and off in the board.

Yeah, looks like that is the way to go with this.. 


Thnx for the help

Thanks @Nic Brough _Adaptavist_ for the input!

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Hello Is there a way to sort the kanban board by Date or Job Name rather than the Jira Number assignes?

Welcome to the Atlassian Community!

By default, the boards are ordered by rank, so that you can rank them.  If you change the board filter so that it sorts by a date or summary, you will lose the ranking functionality.

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Appreciate your response I think since we're not working in sprints and just add everything to one Kanban it makes it difficult to organize by date since you can only sort in the backlog.

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