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Assign statuses and edit columns in a team-managed project

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By default, a board's columns are assigned the default Jira statuses To do, In progress, and Done. You can change this to suit your way of working.

For example, you may create a custom status to capture work In review, and you'll probably want to map that status to an appropriate column on your board, too.

All team-managed projects start out with the Jira default workflow. This means default columns are assigned a default status, like this:



To do

To do

In progress

In progress



Learn how to manage how your work flows in Jira team-managed projects.

You must have the administrator role in your project to do the following things described on this page. Learn more about team-managed project roles.

Configure your columns and statuses

As you advance your team’s way of working, it’s likely you’ll create new, custom statuses and columns. Multiple columns can affect the flow of your board—it might become too busy and tough to navigate.

To free up your board, you can use the Columns and statuses settings and assign multiple statuses to a single column. This is particularly effective when the statuses have something in common and ladder up to a phase or process, which the column can represent.

When a column's assigned multiple statuses, each status is represented as a “drop zone” on your board’s columns. This lets your team move work to different statuses within the one board column.

To access the Columns and statuses settings:

  1. If not already there, navigate to your team-managed Jira Software project.

  2. From your project’s sidebar, select Project settings > Board.

This will land you directly in the Columns and statuses settings. This is a replica of your board’s columns and their associated statuses, but with advanced configuration options.

Screenshot of the columns and status settings showing the statuses associated with each column on the board

Assign an existing status to another column

Consider how you’d like to arrange your board. You may choose to group together common statuses by the stage or step they represent, or by status category.

For example, the done status category must be in the rightmost column for its issues to be cleared from your board. If you have multiple done states, like Won’t fix, Abandoned, and All done, you can assign them all to the rightmost column. Any issue moved to those three statuses will then be marked as resolved, and cleared from your board, if you use sprints.

Statuses are created and managed in the workflow editor. Learn how to view, add, or remove statuses in your project.

To move a status between columns:

  1. If not already there, navigate to your team-managed Jira Software project.

  2. From your project’s sidebar, select Project settings > Board.

  3. In Columns and statuses, hover over the relevant status. The entire card is interactive.

  4. Select, then drag-and-drop the status onto your chosen column. For now, all statuses must be assigned to a column.

  5. Once you’re happy, select Save changes. The changes you’ve made will apply to your board.

All statuses must be assigned to a column, and all columns must contain at least one status. Over time, we’ll develop this feature to support unassigned statuses that get hidden on the board.

Last modified on Aug 11, 2021
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