Work in sprints
You can use sprints to schedule your work in intervals of time.
If your team hasn’t configured a sprint schedule, do that now.
Assign items from the backlog to the sprint
If you don’t have a backlog, here’s how to create a backlog using the backlog page.
From the backlog page, move the items that you expect to work on into the current sprint.
That’s your initial guess at what you’ll be able to do in the sprint. Next, you’ll define tasks, estimate that work, and use your team’s capacity to make sure it fits in the sprint.
After you’ve run through a few sprints, you’ll be able to use forecasting to help with the initial list of items for the sprint, too.
Set the team’s capacity for this sprint
The capacity helps you make sure you’re taking on the right amount of work in the sprint. And, as you work day-to-day, you’ll be able to see if your team is on track.
Go to the capacity tab for the sprint and set the daily capacity for each team member.
If you have days during this sprint where the whole team is off, set them so the sprint capacity reflects that.
Individual team members can enter their days off, too.
If you assign work by activities when you plan your sprint, allocate individual capacities to an activity.
Break the items down into tasks
In the sprint backlog, add a task.
Give the task a name, and estimate the work it will take.
As you add estimated tasks to the items in the sprint backlog, you can tell how each task uses up your capacity.
You can see whether your team, as a whole, has the capacity to complete the work.
If you assign work to individuals when you plan the sprint, you can see whether each individual has the capacity for the work assigned to him.
Or, if you assign work to activities, you can make sure each activity is within capacity.
The colors of the capacity bars help you understand whether you still have capacity remaining, whether you are over capacity, or whether you are simply looking at the total work without any reference to capacity.
Use the task board to update tasks day to day
Move tasks on the task board to reflect their current state.
You can assign a task to a specific person.
Update the remaining work by either using the drop-down list, or typing a specific value.
Notice how the remaining work for each column changes as you change the amount of remaining work, or move tasks from one state to another.
If you discover work during the sprint, add a task to the backlog item it supports by choosing the plus sign.
Review overall progress by opening the burndown chart for the sprint.
Forecast your upcoming sprint
Once you’ve completed a sprint or two, you can use the velocity chart to forecast how much of your backlog you’ll finish each sprint.
From the backlog page, open the velocity chart.
In the chart, you can see how many story points (or whatever you use to estimate your backlog) your team has completed in the previous sprints.
Go back to the backlog page, turn forecasting on, and enter your predicted velocity.
Forecast lines show how much work your team should be able to complete in future sprints.
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