Manage stories with the stories page


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The stories page represents all stories for all teams and sprints to which you are assigned. To navigate to the stories page:

If you’re using the new navigation:

  1. Select Items in the top navigation bar.
  2. Select Stories; the stories page displays.


  1. Select Teams in the top navigation bar and select the team you want to view stories for.
  2. On the sidebar, select Stories in the list of options; the stories page displays, filtered by the selected team.


  1. Select Portfolios, Solutions, or Programs in the top navigation bar and select the entity you want to view stories for.
  2. On the sidebar, select More items in the list of options.
  3. Select Stories; the stories page displays, filtered by the selected entity.

Note: This page supports filtering by portfolios, solutions, programs, or teams outside of your sidebar team selection.

If you’re using the old navigation:

  1. Select Team from the left Nav menu.
  2. Under the Manage section, select Stories; the stories page displays.

The page provides a number of options for stories to manage them effectively.

Grid columns

  • ID: Unique ID for the story.
  • External ID: External ID of a story. It is used if you integrate Jira Align with the third-party tools.
  • Story: Story name as entered.
  • State: Current state of the story. There are the following story states:
    • Pending: A story is pending approval.
    • Ready: A story is ready to start.
    • Building: A story is in progress.
    • Testing: A story is completed by developers (dev complete).
    • Tested: A story is tested (test complete).
    • Accepted: A story is accepted.
  • Jira Project: The Jira project the story is associated with. This column is only available when a portfolio, program, solution, or team mapped with the Jira connector is selected in the Configuration bar.
  • LOV: Level of value of the story.
  • LOE: Level of effort of the story.
  • Sprint: Short name of the sprint in which the story is scheduled.
  • Blk: Indicates whether the story is blocked.
  • MMF: Indicates whether the story is a minimal marketable feature.
  • AC: Count of acceptance criteria.
  • Chat: Discussion thread for the story.
  • Spec: Count of specifications of the story.
  • UI: Count of user interface designs of the story.
  • Tasks: Total number of tasks to complete the story.
  • Hours: Total number of hours of all team members estimated to complete the story.
  • Trace: All information about the story, such as story name, its sprint, program increments, projects, programs, teams, defects, and other information.
  • Select: Select a checkbox and an option from the Actions menu to update the story.


  • You can click headers to sort the list by the story ID, Story, State, LOV, LOE, and Sprint.
  • Only fields that are set as Active in Details Panels Settings are available for selection as columns on the grid. 

Filter by program increment

When you filter the story grid by a program increment, stories will display on the page depending primarily on their sprint assignment. Stories will display if they are assigned to sprints that belong to the filtered program increment.

This is useful to know in rare cases where a story is assigned to a sprint that belongs to one PI, while directly assigned to a different PI. This same logic is used on the Work Tree (Bottom-Up view), Program Increment Progress, and Program Room pages.

Program increment A is the parent of sprints 1, 2, and 3. Program increment B is the parent of sprints 3, 4, and 5. A story is created, and in its Details panel, the Sprint field is set to Sprint 1 while the Program Increment field is set to Program Increment B.

After setting the Configuration bar or page filters to Program Increment B, the story will not display. The grid must be filtered by Program Increment A to display the story, as the sprint’s association to its parent program increment is used to filter stories.

Exception: If the story is not assigned to any sprints in the example above, but the Program Increment field is set to Program Increment B, then filtering the grid by Program Increment B will display the story.


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