Select backlog navigation levels for your team

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Each team can determine the backlog levels that they use. For example, feature teams may want to only focus on their product backlog, while a management team may choose to only show feature and epics (the two default portfolio backlogs). You configure which backlog levels appear from your team settings dialog.

If you want additional portfolio backlogs, see the following topics based on the process model you use:

For an overview of process models, see Customize your work tracking experience.

If you want additional portfolio backlogs, see Add portfolio backlogs.

Note

Feature availability: The team setting for choosing which backlog levels is available for TFS 2015 and later versions. For TFS 2013, the Feature portfolio backlog level is enabled for all teams.

Prerequisites

Set your team's preferences for backlog levels

Because this setting affects all team members' view of the team backlogs and boards, you must be a team administrator to change the setting. Changing the setting is disabled if you're not a team administrator. Go here to get added as a team administrator.

You can change the setting from a backlog or board view. Here we show how to change it from the board view.

  1. Open your Kanban board. If you're not a team admin, get added as one. Only team and project admins can customize the Kanban board.

  2. Choose the  gear icon to configure the board and set general team settings.

    Open board settings for a team, vert nav

  3. Choose Backlogs and check the boxes of those backlog levels you want your team to manage.

    Team settings dialog, Backlogs tab

  4. When done with your changes, choose Save and close.

  5. To see the changes, open or refresh your team's backlog.

  1. Open your Kanban board. If you're not a team admin, get added as one. Only team and project admins can customize the Kanban board.

  2. Choose the  gear icon to open the settings dialog.

    Open board settings for a team

  3. Choose Backlogs and check the boxes of those backlog levels you want your team to manage.

    Team settings dialog, Backlogs tab

  4. When done with your changes, choose Save.

  5. To see the changes, open or refresh your team's backlog.

Requires TFS 2015.1 or later version.

  1. From your web portal, choose the  gear icon to open the administration page.

    Gear icon provides access to admin pages

  2. From Overview, choose the team whose settings you want to configure, and then choose Settings.

  3. Check the boxes of those backlog levels you want your team to manage.

    TFS 2015.1 or later, web portal, team settings dialog, Backlogs tab

  4. To see the changes, open or refresh your team's backlog.