Workflows and statuses for the board

Statuses and transitions

Two concepts define a workflow:

  1. Statuses: the steps in your team’s working process that describe the state of a task.

  2. Transitions: usually, how a piece of work can move between statuses. In order for an issue to move between two statuses, a transition must exist. A transition is a one-way link, so if an issue needs to move back and forth between two statuses, two transitions need to be created. The available workflow transitions for an issue are listed on the issue view screen at the top-right corner in a dropdown. 

Workflows

Each Jira Work Management workflow is composed of a set of statuses and transitions that your issue moves through during its lifecycle, and typically represents work processes within your organization. The path that your issues take is called a workflow. Learn more about workflows.

The workflow will differ, depending on which template you’re using for your business project. To see which workflow your business project has, select which template your project is using to see its workflow.

Different issue types in your business project may have different workflows depending on the workflow scheme. Learn more about working with issue workflows.

If you’re a Jira admin, you can also edit workflows for your project. Learn more about how to edit or create workflows.

Statuses

The board is a very visual way to view the status of your issues. The status for each issue can be determined by which column it’s in.

If your issue is sitting in the to do column, then that's the issue’s status. You can also view the issue’s status by opening the issue dialog, and viewing the status at the top right corner.

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Your board’s statuses (in the columns) may differ depending on the project template that you’re using or how your admin has configured the workflow. So, depending on which template you’re using for your business project, your board’s statuses may look different from project to project.

Rearrange the columns in your board

You can rearrange the order of your columns (statuses) in your board by dragging them to your preferred order.

This will change the order of your workflow. Only Jira admins can change project workflows. Learn more about editing workflows.

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