Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Sign up Log in

Earn badges and make progress

You're on your way to the next level! Join the Kudos program to earn points and save your progress.

Deleted user Avatar
Deleted user

Level 1: Seed

25 / 150 points

Next: Root


1 badge earned


Participate in fun challenges

Challenges come and go, but your rewards stay with you. Do more to earn more!


Gift kudos to your peers

What goes around comes around! Share the love by gifting kudos to your peers.


Rise up in the ranks

Keep earning points to reach the top of the leaderboard. It resets every quarter so you always have a chance!


Come for the products,
stay for the community

The Atlassian Community can help you and your team get more value out of Atlassian products and practices.

Atlassian Community about banner
Community Members
Community Events
Community Groups

Unable to publish workflow draft

Hello, I'm attempting to publish a workflow draft, where I added an extra transition from DONE to an earlier status so that tasks can be moved back a step if need be.

When I try to publish the draft and overwrite the active workflow I recieve the following error:

"You are editing a draft workflow. The step 'DONE' has no outgoing transitions in the active workflow, so you cannot add any outgoing transitions in the Draft workflow"

I interpret this as "You can't publish this draft because it is different from the original", which is somewhat baffling, since it defeats the entire point of editing something.

Can someone help me understand why I'm unable to do this, and how I can publish the draft witout having to make a copy and reassociate the workflow with the project (if that's even an option)?


5 answers

1 accepted

0 votes
Answer accepted
Jack Brickey Community Leader Feb 12, 2020

there are scenarios where you can’t edit and publish the workflow directly. What you need to do is make a copy of the workflow, edit it then go back to workflows and add the new workflow to your list in that project. Then associate the new workflow with the issue types you desire.

I was affraid of that, any idea why? This is rather impractical and I'm having trouble understanding this functionality.

Like frankvdb likes this
Jack Brickey Community Leader Feb 12, 2020

There's a long-standing bug on the inability to add a transition to statuses that don’t have an outgoing transition already. I don’t recall the ticket on this but it is discussed in several threads in the Community.

Like acam likes this

Thank you very much. Though this does confirm my fears that I'll have to go "the long way around". Fingers crossed nothing breaks when I reassociate the workflow. Thanks again! I do hope this will get fixed soon.

This is really impractical. Basically anytime when we make a change to workflow we would have to create a copy. Will this bug be resolved? Because then we create multiple numbers of inactive workflows...

Damn I got the same error just know, it never occured before.

What's the point of having an edit button if we can not edit the workflow without having to:

copy it with a different name → edit it → then edit the workflow scheme.

Not being able to remove statuses from active workflows on Cloud was already a joke but this is insane, not being able to add transitions to workflows!!

Like the only editable thing now is what, renaming the transition only?

  • I came across same issue. But able to resolve this
  • there might be several unpublished changes in draft mode
  • due to which your new draft could not be publish (kind of bug)
  • you just need to Discard draft 
  • then View original 
  • come again to edit mode
  • apply your new changes and publish it
  • and you are done

I tried this several times, and does not work. 

0 votes


Suggest an answer

Log in or Sign up to answer

Atlassian Community Events