If you want to use Kanban boards instead of Scrum boards in your Agile Backlog, first, you need to enable the Kanban backlog in Jira.

To enable the Kanban backlog in Jira

  • Go to your board, then select more (•••) > Board settings

  • Click the Columns tab

The Column settings page displays, with the Kanban Backlog as the leftmost column, in the following example, the column "To Do"

  • in the columns section, drag a status to the Kanban Backlog column. Typically, this would be the column for which you plan work for your team. In the previous example, the "Draft" status

  • Back to our Agile Backlog, you have to select the board where you just configured your Kanban backlog, in the following example, the board Kanban: Teams in Space

You will see the new configured status "Draft" in the right section.