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Tracking Progress in the Backlog Grid


The Detail Tracking page shows all the open work in a sprint/iteration and can be used to view or update time and status. It is divided into two sections: Sprint/Iteration Summary and Backlog grid. The bottom of the page displays the Backlog grid. Here, you can enter Effort Hrs. (if tracked) and update the remaining To Do Hrs. estimate for each item that has changed.

Detail Estimates are also set for each task and, optionally, tests during sprint planning. These Detail Estimates are generally left as is once sprint planning is complete.


Tracking can also be done on each team member's My Home page. The My Home page provides a filtered view for each team member. As such, it is often preferred when individuals are doing their own entry.

Accessing the Backlog Item Grid

To access the Backlog Grid on the Detail Tracking page, go to the main menu and click Team > Detail Tracking.

Things You Can Do

  • Update Status Values
    Update status values as appropriate given your team's process. Once you've entered your tracking information, click Save to save your changes.

  • Update a task, test, backlog item, or defect
    Detailed Estimates and tracking information can be entered directly at the backlog item or defect level as appropriate. Click on any backlog item, defect, task, test, or sprint title to open the Details view. Here, you can see/edit all of the item's attributes. Sometimes Detail Estimates may be set at the backlog item and/or, more commonly, the defect level, indicating an item that is to be tracked at that level. Enter Effort if appropriate and remaining To Do estimates directly against the backlog item or defect if this is the case.

  • Close stories and defects
    When tasks and tests have been completed, approved and updated, you can close them to clear them from the default view.

  • View and Modify Blocked Items
    You can also view and modify the Blocked status of a backlog item from the detailed tracking page. A Blocked icon will display in the Blocked column to indicate the workitem's status.

  • View Item History
    To view an item's tracking history, click on the H next to an item.

Checking the Include Closed Items checkbox in the filter will display tasks with zero remaining To Do values.