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How to set the WIP Limit?

FUN MAN ANDY Community Leader Aug 29, 2018

I must be a complete moron.... how do I set WIP limit?

I cannot find the setting ANYWHERE. :o(

[I am on the cloud version, using a Kanban Board]


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Answer accepted

Hi Andy,


go to board settings -> Columns and there is a min and max box in every column where you can set the WIP limits.

Hi all, quite new to Jira, also have the cloud version and I'm afraid I cannot find the path board settings -> Columns you suggest to set WIP limits. 

Can I ask you how to get there please? 

Thank you!

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FUN MAN ANDY Community Leader Nov 27, 2019

@Lara Cozzo : sure thing !

Go to the Board Settings

Then Choose Columns

Switch on the desired Column Constraint

Enter the Min and Max for each column as per your need !


Hope this helps 😎🤘



Like Rhonda Hayes-Malone likes this

How to set WIP limit per person?  Thanks!

Like Zaur Suleymanov likes this

Hi @Anna Slavin

it's not possible to set WIP limits per person.

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Go to the board settings of your kanban board. Choose the Columns tab and you will see max and min under each column. That is how you set WIP limit.

Is there any way to do min-max per assignee?



No, it is not possible out of the box.

Like Vijay Aminbhavi likes this


Maybe you already found the workaround, but though I will share what I found. The workaround is to setup swimlanes as the WIP applies to the swimlanes. The lanes should be setup using Assignee. I have not yet tested this myself, as i just found the solution but hope it helps you. 


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FUN MAN ANDY Community Leader Sep 11, 2018

Hi again,

I just tested this myself. The workaround i suggested myself doesn't seem to work unfortunately. I set the limit to 1 for a column, move one issue assigned to me and then one issues assigned to someone else and that still gives a red frame, which I hope it wouldn't. 

The workaround i picked upp from here:

Anyone who has any other idea how to solve this?


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I have a related but slightly different question. I have successfully adjusted my wip limits on our board but when I try to leverage the Actionable Analytics - Aging work in progress graph view, the WIP limits are completely different.

e.g On my actual jira board my WIP limits are Column A (min 1, max 2), Column B (min 0, max 4), Column C (min 0, max 1) Column D (min 0, max 1). 

But on the Actionable analytics view my column wips are "Column A (max 1), Column B (max 1), Column C (max 2) Column D (max 0). 


Any suggestions? Thanks!

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