I am new to JIRA Kanban. I am evaluating whether it will serve my team's needs. One of the requirements is that issues can be marked as blocked. We are not a software team and will not be tracking software development. We work on hardware. Our issues can be blocked if other groups or teams do not deliver hardware in time, or if the hardware does not work as advertised, which happens frequently in development of new products. If I look at the board Configuration -> Columns section I see that the In Progress column has a BLOCKED status. If I select an issue in a board the details show the status as IN PROGRESS but I can't change it to BLOCKED. If I try dragging the issue there is no box for BLOCKED. How do I change an issue's status to BLOCKED?
The workflow that your issue type is using will need a transition from In Progress to Blocked. The Kanban board will also need to have the status mapped to the column (you can do this by Configuring the board, and clicking on columns, and then drag and drop the statuses to suit)
The trick is that you can only drag and drop between a column (one or more statuses) if there is a transition between the two statuses on the workflow status you are trying to drag from.
I agree that Jared’s answer here is the correct answer to the original question. When dealing with boards in Jira Software, it is the workflow that controls which statuses can issue can move into.
So although the board might not let you move an issue into a particular status from another status, most often this is due to the way the workflow is setup for that issue. I’d recommend checking out Work with issue workflows if you are not familiar with changing workflows in Jira. You will need to be an admin within Jira in order to make changes to a workflow.
It could be that there is a workflow condition preventing you from making that transition, OR the workflow might not have an appropriate transition between those two statuses for your to execute.
There's a bit of a flaw in JIRA's implementation of the boards here. You can not drag an issue to another status in the same column. The boards only allow for a change of column.
A couple of options:
I would recommend to create a user called 'Blocker' and assign issues that are blocked to this user. This way Issue will remain on the original column it was blocked. To make it more visible I recommend to add a warning sign image to blocker user profile picture. This will make these issues stand-out in the board.
Although i've never done this or tried it, i like the idea of having a strong signal of a "blocked" assignee icon image on the card when it'd blocked.
The (major) downside as nic pointed out is that you'd have to find a different way to track who's "owning" the item and unblocking.
I think the best non-intrusive solution is to use the flag feature in Jira which is used for indicating impediments. When a story is blocked, from an Agile perspective is has an impediment. A not too ideal solution will be to create a new column, you will need Admin access to configure your workflow which will affect other teams or groups using Jira.
If you hover over the story on your board you should see 3 yellow or red dots that indicate how long the issue has been in that status/stage/column.
You will need to enable this setting by going to Board settings of the board >> Card Layout and turn on "Days in Column". I'm assuming you are using the cloud version. This might not be located in the same location with other versions of Jira
Thanks for the response.
I'm using the Server 7.9.2 version. I can see the dots displayed which represent the number of days that card was in that column.
What I am looking for is to review how long a card was flagged for either through Jira reports or through their REST API. This will allow me to understand the pattern of our blockages and our cycle flow efficiency.
I should probably open a new thread for this as this thread is closed..
I'm also interested in understanding the patterns of blockers in my project. Thing like which status issues get blocked the most, or how long does an issue stays blocked on average and compared to the cycle time.
Let us know here or point out to the other thread if you ever find a way to answer some of these questions. Much appreciated!
I'm new to Jira Kanban and we're trying to figure out a good way to note why the story is blocked. When you first add a flag, you can add a comment, but then that comment gets lost in all other comments. Is there a field anyone is using or a good way to highlight why a story is blocked? Thanks in advance!
Has anyone figured out a way to add a column for impediment to the view contained within an Epic?
I am trying to help project managers who are working with several team or other users who are not looking at a story on a kanban or scrum board see an issue is flagged. I want a high view of stories in an Epic that are blocked.
I’m not sure I totally understand what you mean by “ add a column for impediment to the view contained within an Epic?”
However, if the goal is to bring transparency and feasibility to issues flagged as impediments across multiple projects for those that are not involved in the day to day dealings of the teams, You can accomplish this in a couple of ways.
I hope this addressed your question
I think I will start my own thread on this topic, but I just joined the community thanks to a google search on this topic looking for a suggestion.
I am looking if there is a away to customize what displays in the columns under the section within an Epic that is called, "Issues in Epic." I want it so that other users who have view access and are not monitoring the specifics of several different projects (like in a dashboard or on a board or in a saved filter) can see a high level view of stories related to one project. We use Epics to house related stories on one specific project/initiative.
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