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Can the use of the Backlog be customized?

Michael I'm New Here Jan 07, 2022

Question regarding Kanban boards: is there a way to assign a new issue to a specific swim-lane on creation (other than the backlog) or alternatively, can the backlog be shown in a separate swim-lane one the board?

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Many thanks for the answers! I tried to use queries, but since I already had a set of existing ones, was not able to figure out a good way to add the backlog without losing much of the existing view.

But a colleague pointed out "BACKLOG" being a separate Issue status you can assign like any other status. So the view was created by simply dragging the backlog status to an existing swimlane as shown below.


Hello Michael,

If you're not using the Kanban backlog feature (and thus you only have a board view, not a backlog view) then I would suggest you base your swimlanes on queries:

Screen Shot 2022-01-07 at 4.50.53 PM.png

Then, as you are creating issues, if the issue you're creating meets the query criteria for one of your swimlanes, it will automatically appear in the appropriate swimlane (make sure your queries are exclusive otherwise an issue meeting criteria for multiple swimlanes will only appear on the first match).

In this case, if you create an issue with the priority of "Critical", then it will appear in the Critical swimlane.


Hope this helps

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Hi Michael,

Welcome to the Atlassian Community.

Here is how you can create the swimlanes.

In case if you would like to create a new swim lane for the issues that are created start of the day you can use the query as "created >= startOfDay()".

In case if you would like to showcase the Backlog in a separate swim lane, by using Queries  under Base Swimlanes on, write down the queries as

Backlog: Status=Open

In Progress: Status not in (Open, Done)

Done: Status= Done

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