Multiple status in each column on Kanban

Is there a way we could configure our Kanban board in Jira to have multiple status? (see snapshot below)

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In JIRA Agile, it is possible. Just go to configure board -> Columns and drag and drop as many statuses as you want in each column.



I am not able to split up a column like showed on the snapshot (E.g. split the column "testing" in ongoing and done).

Can you provide me the steps to do it, to visualise it like the snapshot above?

Much appreciated!

Thank you.


Jira does not do this column splitting.

Which makes no sense, as this is a fundamental function of Kanban

Wrong, it's not fundamental. 

But it would be useful.  There's a request open for it.

Sure, let me rephrase - reporting the status of an object is the fundamental point of Kanban. If users can't make more than 4 columns in Jira, how can they provide this reporting for complex pipelines that require more than 4 options?

They can make as many columns as they want.

They can not (yet) group them as per the diagram above.

How? The only way I can see is to create a status for each column which equals the column name, but then I can't set a WIP limit for these new columns?

Go to board admin and add all the columns you need.  Then add the status to the right columns.  Then set the limits.  It's all on-screen in front of you, so I'm not sure where you are stuck.

So turns out you have to leave the page, and come back to it.


Is there a status for this request that you mention @Nic Brough [Adaptavist] do you maybe have a ticket number for it so I can follow the progress? Splitting up columns is something I am looking into right now and would be interested in seeing when this might be possible in Jira.

Thank you

@Nic Brough [Adaptavist] you mention is not YET there. DO you know more? as said by @Brook Warnerhaving this sub columns is a fundamental concept in Kanban. The whole concept of the pull system relies on this.


We are currently a Redmine Agile plugin user want to move the teams to the atlassian suite. The Redmine guys have solved this via the name of the Status diveded by collons. It's a bit hacky but works.

This would be in the Sample above to have the following Staus configuration

- Backlog

- ToDo

- Developmen:Doing

- Development:Done

- Testing:Doing

- Testing:Done

- Done

The Board renders this as seen in the picture

As we now we can as many status we want in Jira Agile,. Very first Hack for "grouping" them could a option to give columns a color. Is this possible?



There's a request for grouping up columns like this in boards, but last time I saw it, it only had a couple of votes and was way down on the list. 

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It seems to me this same question has come up in different ways over the last four or five years and not to have any kind of resolution or "fix"...

For me I would "express" it as being able to replicate the same status in multiple columns. I want to have my Kanban columns follow the required organisational workflow e.g. To Do - In Planning - In Design - In Consultation - In Implementation - Done

But within each of the workflow phases of Planning, Design, Consultation and Implementation I want to be able to have the task status reflect our functional process of "In Progress", "Awaiting Review" (this is different to consultation), "In review", "Blocked", "On Hold" and "Handover". It's basically like a workflow within a workflow, but the nested team workflow is applied uniformly across the main organisational workflow.   

I know I could make four versions of the status e.g. "Planning in Progress", "Design in Progress", "Consultation in Progress" etc. but that is really cumbersome and long-winded and kind of defeats the object of being able to break down the workflow with columns and then apply multiple statuses to a column? 

The only other alternative I can think of is to have different boards for each of Planning, Design, Consultation and Implementation Phases where we use the functional team process as the column name, but that doesn't work for my team as different workstreams/sub-teams are at different stages of the organisational workflow at different times and we need a Kanban that shows the view across all workstreams instead of four separate boards, or some on the Planning board, some of the Design board and no-one on the Consultation board yet etc. Some are "In Progress" with Planning and some are "In Progress" with Implementation. In my experience this is the case the larger a project becomes, the more people who are involved and the more wide-ranging the program/portfolio is.

Maybe what I need, especially for large, complex, organisation-wide projects is to collapse boards into one another or to reflect nested processes in one overarching, high-level board so I can get a wider, cross-company view...

Whatever the case, it seems to me there is demand for it, so even if Atlassian disagrees with the approach, surely customer demand and need should drive the development of a solution?


>For me I would "express" it as being able to replicate the same status in multiple columns.

Please, don't express it that way.  It is not what we're talking about here, and it would make your boards complete nonsense.

Look at an issue.  Is it "in progress" or "in progress"?  Do you really want it to appear twice on a board at different stages in the process?

What we want here is for boards to group up columns together.  We do not want the issue status and hence workflow to become completely useless.

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