Kanban board features and epics

VSTS | TFS 2018 | TFS 2017 | TFS 2015 | TFS 2013

If you use Kanban to track progress on your backlog, you can also use Kanban boards to track epics and features.

And, just as with child task checklists for backlog items, you can quickly define and track the progress of child items for your features or epics. Here we see several stories defined for features, both in progress and those completed.

In this topic, you'll learn:

  • How to add epics and features using your portfolio backlogs
  • Keyboard shortcuts for working with the Kanban board


Epic portfolio backlogs are supported in TFS 2015 and later versions.

Web portal, Features Kanban board with several user stories defined


Child checklists for feature and epic Kanban boards are supported from TFS 2017 and later versions.

Add epics or features

Add new items to a feature or epic through the item's actions icon Action menu. For descriptions of fields used to support features and epics, see Define features and epics.

Web portal, Feature Kanban board, Open the context menu of a feature to add a story

If you have a number of items to add, simply keep typing your task titles and click Enter. If you have details you want to add about to a work item, hover over the item and press Enter.

If you're new to working with the Kanban board, see Kanban basics

For additional guidance on working with a checklist on a Kanban board, see Add task checklists. You can perform the same operations for the features and epics Kanban boards as you do with the Kanban board for the product backlog. This includes:

  • Mark an item as done
  • Reorder and reparent work items
  • Assign work items to sprints

To customize the columns, swimlanes, or cards for each Kanban board, make sure you first select the board and then click the gear icon to open the Settings dialog. See these topics for details:

REST API resources

To programmatically interact with Kanban board and other team settings, see the REST API, Boards reference.