Can JIRA "truly" enforce WIP on a kanban board?

Is it possible to set a WIP limit on a kanban board in JIRA and prevent users from adding issues beyond the limit? 

4 answers

Hey Tristan!

As general guidance, you don't want to enforce WIP Limits using software.  It's better to let the behavior occur and discuss it as a team.  The Jira team got it right by using a visual indicator when WIP Limits are broken.

The reason teams break WIP Limits is because they don't understand the benefits of why they are there.  Enforcing the limits will only force work "underground" where people hide their efforts.  It's better to deal with the root social behavior.

Brendan Wovchko

Accredited Kanban Trainer

HUGE IO

No. The only thing that happens when the WIP is exceeded is a visual indicator appears because the column changes color. In addition, one can change workflow directly in the issue itself (not using the board) and there would be no indicator at all that the WIP is exceeded.

I can't find a way to do it, which seems to mean that "Kanban support" in JIRA is actually just a CSS change that makes the column red when there are too many tasks.

I cant figure out a way in base to get this working but using a 3rd party add-on like ScriptRunner you could add a validation script to ensure that you dont progress a JIRA through the workflow if it will exceed a WIP limit. 

Suggest an answer

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

Make your Atlassian Cloud products more secure: our NEW admin security guide

Hey admins! I’m Dave, Principal Product Manager here at Atlassian working on our cloud platform and security products. Cloud security is a moving target. As you adopt more products, employees consta...

242 views 0 6
Read article

Atlassian User Groups

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

Find a group

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

Find my local user group

Unfortunately there are no AUG chapters near you at the moment.

Start an AUG

You're one step closer to meeting fellow Atlassian users at your local meet up. Learn more about AUGs

Groups near you