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how to make a limit for the tasks in 1 staus

AB 1 I'm New Here Jan 26, 2021

For example, we have the status "To do" and we want that there would no more than 3 tasks at one time in this status - so we want to make a limit for them. How can we make it?

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Hi @AB 1 -- Welcome to the Atlassian Community!

Blocking a thing like WIP count with JIRA may lead to unintended consequences: like people doing work that is not on your Kanban board...especially expedited work items.

@John Funk and @Pramodh described how to visualize the WIP contraint on the board. 

Next consider a pause to discuss with the team why and when the WIP limit applies.  When someone wants to pull more work, the team asks them to answer:

  • Have I finished and met the exit policy (definition of done for a status) of what I am working on now?
  • Have I checked my work, ensuring I do not create errors downstream of me?
  • Could I help others finish work they are doing?
  • What could I do to improve my work methods?
  • And only after those, consider pulling in more work

Best regards,


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John Funk Community Leader Jan 26, 2021

Hi @AB 1  - Welcome to the Atlassian Community!

The normal Kanban way to do this is to set a WIP Limit on the column. You can do that by going to Board Settings > Columns and changing the Max value for the column. 

That won't prevent cards from entering the column, but the entire column will light up rRed when the limit is broken. 

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Pramodh Community Leader Jan 26, 2021

Hi @AB 1 

If you are running an active sprint, you have the option to set the column constraint in board settings

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