Marking an issue as blocked in JIRA (Kanban)

I have seen examples of Kanban boards where a work item is marked with a red sticker or something similar if it is blocked for some reason. Is there a way to do this in the JIRA Kanban board?

Among the things I thought about already:

  • Setting the issue as a Blocker is not what I want; that would just mean it should be prioritised.
  • Using a JQL query for an "is Blocked by" link could do the trick, but it would be nice to have something simpler.
  • There seems to be some plugins available, but my preference is on built in functions.

 

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Hi,

You could use the flags, although this actually represents an impediment: https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/AGILE/Flagging+an+Issue. Also, since JIRA Agile 6.6 you can add a field to your cards, so you could use a (custom) field to display that the issue is blocked.

Regards,

Geert

Flags work well, just need a visual signal then the team to can decide on its meaning. Thanks a lot!

We use a label, "blocked", and in the scrum boards we colour red any ticket with that label and also put a swim lane at the top of the scrum board for any tickets marked as blocked. 

 

Am keen to find something less manual, but it works well enough.

Flagged is really useful the project managers love having a 2 dimensional filter showing all the flagged issues by fixVersion and I normally do this for the scrum teams based on Sprint's

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