Kanban Board - Work-in-Progress (WIP) limit for status columns

Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanban_board

Work-in-progress (WIP) is a key design principle for Kanban. The ability to limit the number of items for each status column is part of the Kanban workflow. The limits per column should be user assignable and display their status on each column. There should be an option to allow or disallow adding items to a column that has reached it's limit.

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  • Aug 18 2015
  • Unlikely to implement
Release time frame
  • Feb 5, 2016

    Admin Response

    We have made a variety of improvements to the Workflow page, including the ability to see estimates by column and assignee.

    At this time, we do not have plans for additional updates in this specific area based on community feedback and current priorities. However, we hope that the recent additions will help. We hope you can understand.

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  • Joe Andreana commented
    07 Nov 21:48

    Hello - I would really like this to be reconsidered as it is a few years later and the impact of this request is very beneficial. 

    The issue is that the WIP limits would allow us to manage our work more effectively to find GAPS and bottlenecks within our process. It would be great if it is can be set at the configuration of the workflow board.


    The benefit can help provide learning that will help make a team work more efficiently. Allow teams to self organize to help each other move active work to the finish line.