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Display issue status in Sprint Backlog (not board view)

Is it possible to display the issue status in the backlog? I'm referring to the actual backlog where sprints are managed, not the board/card view.

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Daniel Ebers Community Leader Jul 11, 2021

Hi @David

Jack gave you the information which are helpful for this case.
@Jack Brickeylet me help out with the screenshot :-)


Taken from a company-managed project using a scrum board.


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In CMP yes as the image below illustrates.

Well…community is acting up again and not let me post an image. I will try to do so in a bit. In the meantime if you just go to board settings in a CMP scrum board you will be presented with two options one for backlog and one for active sprint.

Jack Brickey Community Leader Jul 12, 2021

@David , so if you click on the… In the top right corner of your image what are you presented with? You should be able to go to board settings and select Card Layout Where are you will be presented with a screen like the one Daniel shared. In that screen you can add up to three fields to your backlog view and those fields will be displayed on the backlog line items.

Awesome. This has been right in front of my face this whole time and I never realized it. Thought it only applied to the board view.

Thanks guys!

I am not talking about adding fields to the card view on the board. I'm talking about show the issue status in the backlog view. Below is the screen I'm referring to.


I'm very frustrated by this. I have an older project from another company where a see the dropdown box with the status in this view, and its very insightful. But the newer project from my company looks like your screen, and the status dropbox is missing. I think you even came up with the same 'fix' by applying card colouring to still be able to sort of indicate the status

Below 2 screenshots: the top project is newer and does not have the status dropdown. I can't seem to enable it just like the bottom older project has it

Jack Brickey Community Leader Aug 25, 2021

@Jango Hemmes , I wonder if you need to post a new question if you are seeking assistance?

@Jango Hemmes Jira has two kinds of projects in software, Team-managed (previously known as Next-gen) and Company-managed (previously known as Classic).

The image you posted where statuses are visible by default and in colour was from the backlog of a Team-managed project. In Company-managed projects, it is not visible by default but you can go to top right ... > Board settings > Card Layout and choose to display up to three fields including issue status but the UX of Backlog after including it is horrible

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Oh my god, you're right. Oh that's horrible, I meant to use Team-managed projects only. I'll just have to create new projects and migrate everything there.
Thanks a LOT for your help though!!

Btw, you're 100% right about the horrible UX. I had found out about including the status through Card Layout, but it burns the eyes. My current solution was coloring the cards in a gray/blue/green status color.

@Jack Brickey Is there a way to fix that horrible UI? And make it as it was in Team managed Projects (like in screenshot from @Jango Hemmes ) ? It is slap to the face for users

Screenshot at Nov 03 15-46-14.png

Jack Brickey Community Leader Nov 05, 2021

@Damir Horvat , to be clear I do not work for Atlassian so please take that into consideration when reading the following.

  • I don't agree that it is a horrible UI
  • It is just code so I'm certain it could be changed to present in the manner you're requesting
  • You might want to consider providing feedback to atlassian via the feedback link within your application or open a support ticket with Atlassian support

Dear @Jack Brickey , sorry, I was not aware that you are not from Attlasian, and thank you for the kind advices.

All best,

I just published this Chrome Extension to help with this, it does require setting up the extra fields: Jira Backlog Status - Chrome Web Store (

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