It's not the same without you

Join the community to find out what other Atlassian users are discussing, debating and creating.

Atlassian Community Hero Image Collage

Kanban and Scrum board in one project with different backlogs



I want to do the following thing:

Want to create Kanban board for Discovery work, and when the Discovery phase is over and the issue will be in the Done column, I want the issue to appear on the Scrum boards backlog. 

This means I want them to have the separate backlogs. 

How can I do that?

1 answer

1 accepted

1 vote
Answer accepted

Hi @Magda_Mtsituri , you could do this:

1) Create a status called 'Discovery' and modify your workflow so this is the status assigned to tickets that were created (or maybe do this for a specific issue type)

2) Create a kanban board where the first column is called 'Discovery' and link it to this status. Have another column called 'Backlog' assigned to status 'Backlog'

3) Create a scrum board where the status backlog is assigned to the backlog view

 Issues that are created will show up in your kanban board first , but once they've been moved to the 'backlog' column in the kanban board they'll show up in the scrum board.

Would this help?



Including some pictures:

This is the workflow that shows new tickets being linked to the Discovery status:

 Screen Shot 2020-04-04 at 10.18.57 PM.png

This is the new Kanban board where I've created two columns, one for Discovery and one for Backlog (you can add more columns if your process is more complex):

Screen Shot 2020-04-04 at 10.38.44 PM.png

This is the Scrum board where the status 'Backlog' is assigned to the 'To Do' column. 'Backlog' was also the status linked to the column 'Backlog' in the kanban board:

Screen Shot 2020-04-04 at 10.44.33 PM.png

Hope it helps,


Like # people like this

Thank you! this was really helpful!

Like Carlos_Garcia_Navarro likes this

I'm glad to hear that it was useful, @Magda_Mtsituri :-)

If it addressed your question, please consider accepting the answer so it can help others in the Community who may also have a similar question. Thanks!

Like # people like this

While I see the manner how both Kanban  and Scrum can be accommodated within one Project. But there should be a driving principle or a logical reason behind each. While we do the Product Development and its releases through Scrum, we can essentially cover its 'Support' and future 'Recommendation/ Changes' through Kanban.

Also, worth mentioning if the Backlog Items have the common inception point, i.e. one Epic. That means, if we have 4 Stories under one Epic, then CAN -- The first two stories be on Scum and the remaining two be on Kanban. Which isnt correct!

So, would we agree that, a common pool of work items, i.e. the backlog can feed into two channels of Agile - Scrum and KB, provided they are distinctly separate from one another. Perhaps, YES!

But, in short, it could be really complicated to try to use both agile boards/methodologies on the same body of work, this approach is not something I would not suggest as a Product Owner. Although it is possible in Jira.

Better to have two projects to cover the two aspects of a Product Development & Management, always.

@Carlos_Garcia_Navarro  Great post of a really good example on how to use both scrum and kanban for a project.  I thin I want to implement this process for my team.  Can you tell me if you created this project as a classic or Next gen?

Like Carlos_Garcia_Navarro likes this



I have a Discovery team with whom I work to create backlog for the Development team. They have certain flow of the discovery process and the Kaban flow is more convenient. When the PBI is ready to be moved to the Development backlog we put it in the last column of the Kanban board, which is Backlog and it is automatically visible in the Development backlog too. 

If I had two Development teams working on the same project I would use two scrum boards with shared backlog. Not this flow. 

Hi @Magda_Mtsituri Thank you for the clarification.  I actually have one small Development team that does the discovery and development.  Currently our backlog lives on a scrum board and many of our issues need proper discovery before moved to a sprint.  I am looking for an easy way to distinguish what needs or is currently in discovery from the backlog in anticipation of being moved into a sprint.  I think I will fiddle around with this idea a bit more, but I like your suggestions.


Many thanks,


Hi @Mechelle_Barnes , just to answer your previous question, I used a classic project.

Thanks @Carlos_Garcia_Navarro . I really like your solution for managing the backlog.

Like Carlos_Garcia_Navarro likes this

Suggest an answer

Log in or Sign up to answer
Community showcase
Published in Jira Software

How to create Jira issus from Excel file?

When to use CSV importer When managing your processes in Jira, there are many occasions where you need to create a lot of tasks. Creating them one by one will cost you a lot of time and effort and i...

830 views 9 10
Read article

Community Events

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find an event

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Unfortunately there are no Community Events near you at the moment.

Host an event

You're one step closer to meeting fellow Atlassian users at your local event. Learn more about Community Events

Events near you