How can I reorder the sprints in the backlog when the overflow menu provides no option for that? Edited

I need to move a scheduled, but not active, sprint from the lowest position to the highest in the backlog.


Formerly, I would do this by simply choosing the overflow ellipses next to the "start sprint" button in the backlog, choose move up, and move that sprint up.


Now, using Jira cloud as before, that option is gone--now, two options exist only: delete sprint or start planning poker.


I am the system admin for the entire jira instance with all the permissions that belong to that role.


Suggestions are welcome!


(I've attached a screenshot of a dummy sprint with a single issue to illustrate what actions are now available for choosing the overflow ellipses)Screen Shot 2017-07-27 at 2.47.05 PM.png



1 answer

1 vote
Steven Behnke Community Champion Jul 27, 2017

You must have two planned Sprints to see the reorder options. This implies that you do NOT have two planned sprints.

If you want further help please do not crop out the other sprints from your screenshot.

Thanks for your thoughts Steven. Yes, there are two planned sprints (else there would be no plausible reason for the question posed, or for moving the sprint up, because by default it would already be at the top).


The purpose of leaving the screenshot was to inform the audience of the current state of the overflow button, and to illustrate that "move up" and "move down" were not present. 

The purpose of the screenshot was not to establish proof of two existing planned sprints.

Steven Behnke Community Champion Jul 27, 2017

I understand that: However that overflow menu looks like that normally if there's only a single planned sprint. 

I'm trying to help you out here without calling out all the potentials specifically:

  1. You think you have two planned sprint buts in fact one is active and one is planned. These cannot be reordered.
  2. You think there's two planned sprints but in fact there isn't.
  3. You have two planned sprints but they're from different boards and can't be organized like that.

If you simply provided a better screenshot, I'm sure I could tell you what the issue is.

Steven, Many thanks! The issue was what you noted in #1. The sprint that was on top of the one in the screenshot was, after review, active! (there was yet another sprint above that, known to be active. I'm grateful for your help. Cheers, Greg

Suggest an answer

Log in or Sign up to answer
Community showcase
Published Jan 08, 2019 in Jira

How to Jira for designers

I’m a designer on the Jira team. For a long time, I’ve fielded questions from other designers about how they should be using Jira Software with their design team. I’ve also heard feedback from other ...

1,234 views 5 10
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