I am trying to edit the rank manually (not using drag and drop in the board), therefore I added the rank field to the relevant screen, I also removed the locked status of the field, but I am still unable to manually edit the rank.
How can I solve that ?
I am not sure you should do this because the ranking is made in one global sequence for the entire JIRA instance and the value of the field is a relative number to the issues next to the issue in a board.
Could you please elaborate a bit more on your use-case? Why do you need to change this manually?
Thanks for your reply, the management of the team would like to go on each ticket seprately and decide on the priority, they don't want to rank it via the board, while the team actually it working with the board to show the progress of the project.
As for the rank, there will be only 1 project at the beginning so the global ranking is not really a matter
It doesn't really matter how many projects you've got, the point Svante makes is that the rank of an issue isn't a field you can just enter, it's a position in a list releative to all the other issues.
It doesn't actually make any sense to try to rank an issue without the rest of the issues around it available for comparison. Looking at each issue "separately" is pointless for ranking, you need to rank in context.
Older versions of Jira used to try to let you do this - you could edit the rank field, it would pop up a list of issues surrounding the current one and let you reposition it in the list, although it was a bit clunky and error prone.
I suspect the boards are going to remain the best way to rank stuff, although it would be nice to actually see something on the issue that tells you where the current issue lies and shows you some around it.
One basic approach when you've got a lot of issues though - use priorities, or a custom field to group your issues up into groups like "really should do this next", "important but don't panic", "needs to be on the list" and "meh", then use quick-filters on your board to enable quicker ranking within each group.
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