A backlog is a prioritized list of work for the development team that is derived from the roadmap and its requirements. The most important items are shown at the top of the backlog so the team knows what to deliver first. The development team pulls work from the backlog as there is capacity for it.
You can manage and prioritize the features in the feature backlog. Click a title of a feature to open a slide-out panel with more information about that work item. If the feature contains child stories, you can also click the expand arrow next to the feature name to manage and prioritize the stories within the feature.
- Estimate. The options for estimating features are WSJF, T-shirt size, points, and team weeks. You need to set up the estimation method, which is described in the Configure Estimation Settings section.
- Pull rank. If you have a program and a PI selected on the Configuration bar, you can use a parent rank to sort features. You can also push the backlog rank to or pull ranking from a connected external Jira system when a program is selected on the Configuration bar and the PI is set to None. Otherwise, to prioritize your features, you can drag them in the backlog to the necessary position. Ranking is disabled if filtering is on.
- Velocity. The total number of effort points completed in a specific period (sprint or program increment). It can be expressed in different units of measure that a team uses to plan and track work (story points, ideal hours, or other). Click the gear icon to override specific program’s velocity per PI.
- Load. Total story points currently loaded into the PI. It is the sum of all points listed in the Points column. Point to Load to see the actual load, velocity, and estimate load. Estimate Load corresponds to the Load indicator, while the Actual Load reflects the total story points in the selected PI, regardless of whether the stories are assigned to a feature.
- Rank. This is the rank of a work item in the PI selected. If no PI is selected, this is the overall rank of the work item for the program or portfolio selected.
- State. A state of a feature’s development.
- ID. A unique ID for the feature.
- Name. A name of a feature.
- Toggle views:
- Program. The program the feature belongs to.
- Schedule. The sprint the feature will be delivered in.
- Parent. The parent of the feature.
- Tags. Tags that are used to make it easier to find a feature.
The Columns Shown option offers to select which columns to display, providing some level of customization.
For the Feature Backlog, you can choose to view columns like Product, Business Driver, Functional Area, Portfolio Ask, Start/Initiation, Target Completion, Dependency, Acceptance Criteria, Age, Approach, Blocked, Budget, Capitalized, Category, Chat, Child Count, Customers, Jira Projects, MMF, Owner, Points (points set in the Points field on a feature), Process Step, Release Vehicle, Source, Story Point Progress, Story Points (number of story points tied to a feature), Tag, T-Shirt Size, Type, Team Weeks or Member Weeks (depending on the settings configured), WSJF, and more.
Additionally, you can select custom fields that you have created for features in Details Panels Settings. Only fields that are set as Active in Details Panels Settings are available for selection as columns in the backlog.
You can find out more about these columns in the Manage Features topic.
With the available filtering options, you can filter features by theme, type, capitalized, state, blocked, process step, owner, business driver, T-Shirt, MMF, tag, epic/capability, and approach.
In the backlog, you can quickly add a new feature just above the list of all features.
To add a feature:
- In the New Feature Name box, type the title for the feature.
- Select the parent for the feature.
- Click Add. The feature is automatically prioritized at the bottom of the list and is assigned to a program, team, program increment, or sprint based on where it was added from.
Moreover, you can add child stories to a feature. Go to a feature you want to add a story to, type the story's name, set its LOE, and then click Add.
Right-click menu options
For faster navigation in the backlog, right-click a feature to do the following:
- Open in new tab. Open the work item in the full-page view in a new tab.
- Duplicate. Copy the existing work item. You need to type a new name for the duplicate work item. The name must be unique. The work item is added to the bottom of the list and assigned to the same team and program increment/sprint that the original work item is assigned to.
- Move To Top. Move the work item to the top of the list the work item is contained in.
- Move To Bottom. Move the work item to the bottom of the list the work item is contained in.
- Move To Position. Select the place to move the work item to. It is useful when you have a long list and dragging the work item is not convenient.
- Move To Program Increment. Move the work item to a certain program increment or an unassigned backlog.
- Move To Recycle Bin. Move the work item to the recycle bin if you no longer need it.
- Move To Parking Lot. Move the work item to the parking lot to reserve it for later.
Parking lot is used to reserve features that have some issues or unanswered questions to come back to them later. You can find the parking lot at the bottom of the feature list.