Manage JIRA Project Release Versions in Kanban GreenHopper

I am trying to maintain "Versions" for my Kanban (GreenHopper Simplified Workflow) project.

Here are the steps I took:

1. Create Version in a project... "1.0 Sprint 1"
2. Create Issues and assign (fixVersion="1.0 Sprint 1") and transition issues in Rapid Board to done
3. when done hit "Release" on Rapid Board
- it says "A version with this name already exists in this project."

As far as I can see I would need to delete "1.0 Sprint 1" release to release "1.0 Sprint 1"? I must have missed a documentation bullet point someplace - that can't be the right flow. That you cannot define a release until you release it? How would the road map ever work in this case?

The reason I am doing it this way is I need to maintain a Road Map/Calendar for my project showing the status of the issues in multiple upcoming releases in the project.

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Hi John,

This may seem odd but in fact, you cannot release an existing version from a Kanban board. When you click "Release", a new version will be created and released. I know it may be counter-intuitive (especially as other workflows in Jira allow you to work in different ways), but it derives from the agile methodology.

As a workaround, I would suggest utilising the fact that issues can have more than one Fix Version value. Keep "1.0 Sprint 1", but when finishing the sprint, add a new version name. Both versions will be assigned to all released issues.

Hope this helps!

Thank you - I'm sure that would work - If I understand correctly:
I would have to "release" the "1.0 Sprint 1" and a "1.0 Sprint 1a" and then merge them back together in the Projects:Versions:Administration page?

I am having an issue following on from this. It seems as though issues are still showing in my Kanban board even though they have 1+ versions associated with them.

I am not able to find a way to remove completed issues from the board by manually giving them versions, or forcing them to be released.

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