how do you remove an unwanted scrum board?


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Go to "manage boards", find the one you don't want, and click "delete".  You must be the owner of the board to do it. (JIRA admins can change ownership of boards if you need to do that)

Go to View All Boards and Delete....

Hi Nic,

When I try to delete a board, I get a warning that this board contains and active sprint and that I might lose work. This goes against everything I thought a JIRA board was. I thought the board was just a view of the project. I created a bunch of boards to experiment and now it looks like I can't get rid of these. Any way I can delete the boards without affecting the project or the sprints?


Your understanding of boards is mostly incorrect.

A board is a view of a set of issues, not a project.  That set of issues might well be as simple as "everything in project X", but often it's not - many boards cover several projects, or sub-sets of projects.

A sprint belongs to a board effectively.  The board you are trying to delete must have been used, with one or more sprints created.  You'll need to think about whether that is ok to throw away.

However, I come back to the "board is a view of issues" - deleting a board will only change one thing on the issues it includes - it will remove the sprint(s) the issue is in (no board = no sprint, so the issue can't be in the sprint any more).   It will NOT touch any other data on the issue.  So, if you look at the sprints for the board, decide you don't need them, it's perfectly safe to remove the board and its sprints.

Hi Nic, Thanks for clarifying that. 

However, when I try to delete a board which I created "based on existing project", it is saying I will lose the active sprint which was on the original board (same sprint name). I didn't create a new sprint on the new board. So you can understand why I am reluctant to delete. I am completely fine to lose the sprint on the board I am trying to delete but I am worried I will also lose the sprint in the original board since the warning names the same sprint name.


A sprint appearing on another board happens when the sprint might include issues on that board.

You will not lose the sprint on the board you are not deleting, it's just a warning that the current board will stop reporting on it.

Great. This gives me courage to delete the unwanted board. 


Hi, I was just having the same dilemma. However, when I go to the "view all boards" and click delete on the unwanted one, the warning about the active sprints pops up but the delete button is grayed out. It looks like it actually wants me to close or delete the 2 sprints that are active on the unwanted board. Note- they are the same active sprints as 2 other projects so I can't close them yet. Were you able to close the sprints without closing them on your other projects? @Eshan Salpadoru

Jack Brickey Community Champion Jan 19, 2018

@Jessie Ettinger, wait for the sprints to complete and, before starting another sprint, delete the unwanted board. As long as there is an active sprint you can't delete.

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I am unable to delete a Scrum Board in the new UI..

Jack Brickey Community Champion Feb 09, 2018

@Anupam Poria, based on everything that has been stated above can you convey your specific issue? Are you attempting to delete and cannot? Are there any sprints active?

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