Backlog management

The Backlog and Team Backlog modules help you manage product development, rank development items, and plan development cycles.

What is the ALM Octane Backlog

The backlog is a list of items to handle during product development. In ALM Octane, you manage the backlog in the Backlog module.

The Backlog module contains:

  • The tree containing the hierarchy of epics and features, regardless of release.

  • A grid with separate tabs for Epics, Features, Backlog Items, and tests. The items displayed in the grid update based on the item selected in the tree and any filters:

The Backlog module lets you:

  • Create epics and features, user stories, or quality stories

  • Open defects for problems encountered during development, testing, or application deployment

  • Rank items and plan development cycles

  • Add tests to epics, features, user and quality stories, or defects

  • Track release and sprint development progress
  • Add BDD (Behavior-Driven development) specifications. For details, see Create BDD Specifications.

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The ALM Octane Backlog cycle

As you work in the Backlog in ALM Octane, follow these work phases:

Build the product backlog

Add epics, features, user stories, quality stories, defects, and tests. When you complete or update the list, rank items.

Plan a release

Assign features, user stories, quality stories, and defects to specific releases. Then, assign them to a sprint and a team.

Manage the team backlog

Select specific team members to perform the work. While the team works, track progress of the team.

Work on your stories

Locate items assigned to you, add tasks, and update your progress.

Create and run tests

While working on your items, add tests to check that your development works as expected.

Track progress

View progress throughout the Backlog module.

Assign items to application modules

Assign items to application modules to help assess application quality.

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