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!

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

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.

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