Plan team sprints

Before a sprint begins, fill your team's sprint backlog with items from the release backlog.

Plan sprint backlogs by dragging items from the release backlog on the Release Backlog page. Or use the Planning Board for a bird's eye view of the sprint plans for the entire release, and drag items from one sprint to another.

Plan sprints on the Release Backlog page

  1. Open the Release Management > Release Backlog page.

  2. Make sure the correct release is selected.

  3. Sort the grid by rank or priority.

  4. Filter the grid according to your planning criteria. For example, define a filter to display user stories of a particular feature.

  5. On the right planning pane, select the sprint you want to plan. The teams participating in the sprint will be listed.

  6. Select items in the grid, and drag them to your team bucket in the planning pane.

    If you have many teams, click the link at the top of the planning pane (for example 10/12 Teams). Enter text in the search bar to filter the teams listed, and select the teams you want to display in the planning pane.

  7. As you plan a sprint, pay attention to the team's expected sprint velocity. The story points of the items you plan should roughly match the team's estimated sprint velocity. The team buckets indicate the amount of story points assigned to the team and the remaining velocity. For more details, see Balancing release and sprint workloads.

  8. When your Sprint plan is final, click in the team bucket to set the baseline for the Scope Change report. After the sprint ends, you can Export a Scope Change report to Excel from the Sprint Closure tab.

    Each time you set a sprint's baseline, the new baseline overwrites any previous ones.

    If you do not set a baseline for a sprint, the Scope Change report uses the data from 2 days after the sprint's beginning.

    For more details, see Sprint Scope Change report.

  9. To navigate to the team sprint backlog you created, click the team link in the planning pane.

Plan the release with the Planning Board

The Planning Board is a versatile tool that enables you to visualize the release backlog in three dimensions. With it, you can view the distribution of release backlog items in selected attributes, such as priority, application and theme, and plan sprints according to your chosen criteria.

For details of working with the Planning Board, see Use the planning board.