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Unable to delete sprint even if I am a jira admin


I need help on deleting a sprint.

I am a jira admin and i have manage sprint permission though i am not able to delete the sprint. the sprint is completed.

I donot get the option to delete it.

Its strange. Please help if i am missing out something.


5 answers

I had an active sprint that had to be deleted, because we prioritized another sprint. This is what I did:

  • I made a new sprint with a slightly different name from the original sprint
  • I dragged all the issues from old sprint to new
  • I completed the old sprint, in order to be able to delete it
  • I activated the the other sprint we prioritized
  • now the newly made sprint (with all the issues from the old sprint) is next in line


Im also having issues deleting a sprint. My test user has product access to

- Jira Software
- Has access to the project
- Has 'Manage Sprint' permission through a Adminstrator role
- Also has the Adminstrator role assigned to the Manage Sprint permission on the Permission Scheme that this project uses.


Still can't delete a sprint. I see the comments above saying you can't delete an active sprint but as an admin I seem to be able to?


What else can I try?



Hi @Hoc 

Is this for Jira Cloud? Or Jira Server?

If it's Jira Cloud, is it Classic or Next-Gen?


Hey @Stephen Wright _Elabor8_ 


I'm on Jira Cloud and its a Classic project.



Hi @Defny

Just confirming this is how you're deleting the sprint:

  1. Go to the Board > Reports > Sprint Report
  2. Locate the right sprint using the left-hand drop-down menu
  3. Using the options icon (3-dots) on the right-hand side, select "Delete sprint"

^ Is the actual option missing from this list? If yes, what options do you see?




I am trying to delete sprint but not able to find "DELETE SPRINT" option.


please help me.

Hi Stephen,

I followed your steps but am not find exact option Delete Sprint.

Hi @Roja Gurram

What do you see when you follow the instructions above?


Hi Stephen,

Before start of the sprint i can able to see the Delete Sprint button on the cog icon ( 3 dots ).


After started the sprint i cannot able to see Delete sprint button.

I think for this version of Jira software server 7.3.1 this feature is not available.

Let me share your Thoughts!!

Please find attached screenshot for your understanding.


Hi @Roja Gurram

You can't delete an active sprint - you'd need to complete the sprint first (from the active sprint board) then you can delete it.


Ok thanks for that.

Previous i have shared screenshot's also after closing the issue though i wouldn't have get an Delete option. I thought am going in wrong direction.

Can you please show/send me one Example for your above suggestion in Jira server. 

Thank you for your reply.

I have the manage sprint permission. Is that the delete option is hidden ?


Ollie Guan Community Leader Mar 09, 2020

Hi @Defny ,

As @Stephen Wright _Elabor8_ said, you can try the steps he mentioned.

If you have sprint management rights, but still cannot delete sprints, please check whether your scrum board contains Issues for multiple projects.

If you have the above situation, you need to have management sprint permissions for multiple projects at the same time before you can delete them.

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