About Sprints, Scrum and project management
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The Scrum method uses Iteration Paths, also referred to as sprints, to plan work to perform by a team within a specific time period and cadence. To get started, several sprints are predefined for your team. If you're new to Scrum, get an overview from What is Scrum?.
Implement Scrum using Azure Boards
The general sequence of steps for implementing Scrum using Azure Boards is as follows:
Configure teams and sprints
- Define project-level Iteration Paths and set dates
- (Optional) Add project-level Area Paths (Or, add an area path when you configure each team)
- Add teams
- Select team-level Iteration Paths.
Create team backlog
Implement a sprint
You can quickly assign work items to a sprint by dragging and dropping them from the product backlog to the sprint.
- Assign backlog items to a sprint
- Add tasks to backlog items
- Set sprint capacity
- Adjust work to fit sprint capacity
- (Optional) Share your sprint plan
- Update the Taskboard
- Monitor your sprint burndown
Sprint backlogs and taskboards
Sprint backlogs and taskboards provide a filtered view of work items a team has assigned to a specific iteration path, or sprint. Sprints are defined for a project and then selected by teams. From your backlog, you can map work to an iteration path using drag-and-drop, and then view that work in a separate sprint backlog.
How selected sprints show up on the backlog
Each sprint that you select for your team provides access to a sprint backlog, taskboard, and other Agile tools for planning and tracking work.
You can gain an overview of your sprint planning by turning the Planning view option on. From the product backlog or any sprint backlog, choose the view options icon and select Planning.
The set of sprints selected for your team appears. If you don't see any sprints listed, you can add sprints or select existing sprints for your team's use. To learn how, see Define sprints.
To select a sprint backlog, you can choose one of the sprint links from the Planning pane, or from a Sprint backlog, choose a sprint from the sprint selector.
For example, by selecting Sprints 1 thru 6, the Fabrikam Fiber team gets access to six sprint backlogs. They also get access to capacity planning tools and a taskboard for each sprint.
For example, by selecting Sprints 1 thru 4, the Fabrikam Fiber team gets access to four sprint backlogs. They also get access to capacity planning tools and a taskboard for each sprint.
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