Team backlog

After creating a release plan, work with your team's items. You can manage the team backlog from the Team Backlog module or the Backlog module.

Edit your team's capacity per sprint

If your team has variable work rates, edit the expected capacity for these periods instead of using the default velocity capacity.

For details, see Set sprint velocities.

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Edit your team's objectives

Objectives are high-level goals that can be defined per release, milestone, sprint, program, and team. Objectives are general goals such as avoiding critical defects and planning correctly.

If your team has objectives enabled, click the Objectives button in the Backlog or Team Backlog modules to create and track your team's objectives for the release.

For details, see Create release objectives.

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Assign items to team members

After setting up your release plan, assign each user story to a team member. Do this on a team-by-team and sprint-by-sprint basis.

To assign items to team members:

  • On the Details tab of the item, set the item Owner.
  • From the Backlog Items tab, drag the item to a team member bucket in the Teams tab.

Team member buckets are updated with the story details:

For details on what the team member buckets display, see Team planning buckets.

Caution: Assigning stories to a team member does not assign its tasks.

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Track team progress

As a sprint progresses, track the team and individual progress:

How? Where? What?
Dashboard widgets Backlog module

On the Overview tab, use widgets to track progress and quality.

Some widgets are added by default. Click Add Widget to add other widgets from the gallery.

Release planning buckets Backlog module

On the Planning tab, the Release planning buckets display progress of each team. The graph reports the total number of story points in each phase:

For details on the release planning buckets, see Backlog planning buckets.

Team sprint progress graph Team Backlog module

In the upper left corner of the Team Backlog module, view a graph that displays the development status for the selected sprint. This graph displays the number of story points. It also shows the number of critical defects assigned to the team:

Team progress shows the percentage of current work that has been done, given the filters selected. The bars show a breakdown:

  • Expected velocity. Velocity of the selected team for the current release.

  • Planned. Sum of all the story points of all the story board items that are currently visible.

  • Over-planned. The difference between expected velocity and planned. For example, if expected velocity is 20 story points and planned is 39, over planned will be 19 points.

  • Done. Done story points from the story board.

Team member buckets Team Backlog module

Each team member bucket displays the progress of the items, tasks, and defect assigned to a team member:

Team commits widget Team Backlog module

The commits widget shows you the work your team has committed during the current time frame. ALM Octane breaks down the commits by story type:

Hover over the widget title for a reminder of the commit message format used to associate commits with each type of story.

See more information about changes committed by your team in the Commits column. For details, see Use the Commits tab to track committed changes.

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