Creating a status in simplified workflow

The documentation at

says " may want to switch to Simplified Workflow. You will then be able to easily add new statuses from within JIRA Agile."

However, on clicking edit on the workflow there is this warning:

"This workflow is managed internally by JIRA Software. Do not manually modify this workflow."

Also, if I ignore the warning and add a new step anyhow, I still don't have more steps to configure in the board settings.

I also can't see any other way to add statuses in the simplified workflow.

(I also assume here that "Jira Agile" is just a legacy name for Vira Software, but I'm not sure.)

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Once a workflow is simplified, it's better not to touch it in the workflow editor.

Your board administrators (not necessarily system admins!) can add new status via "configure board -> columns" - buttons for new status appear there.

And yes, Agile is a legacy name for Jira Software (you might also see Greenhopper, which is even older, but still the same thing)

You're right - I had to give myself admin rights to the project first, somehow I assumed I had that with site-admin rights anyway.

Now I can indeed add states, great. Thanks a bunch.

I couldn't find a way to make myself an admin to the project. How did you do it?

Get an admin to put you in a role or group that has Administration rights in the  permission scheme for the project.

I am the creator of the project, aren't I suppose to be the admin?

Screen Shot 2018-02-07 at 11.14.09.pngThis is what I see, how can I make myself the "Administer Projects"?

The admin right you use to create a project says nothing about your access to that project.  You need an admin to check the permission scheme on the project.

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Hi Jens, 

Best practices says that you should copy the workflow and edit the copy. Anyway, make sure you have published the drafted workflow created automatically when you are editing an active workflow (see the picture below):


If the workflow is published, the status should appear in the column section in the board configuration "Unmapped Status"

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