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Sprint/Iteration Scheduling

Last modified 10:14, 7 Apr 2014

This feature is available in Catalyst, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions.

Overview

Sprint Scheduling is the first step in the sprint Planning process. Sprint Scheduling allows the project team to select a list of backlog to be delivered within the sprint . Build your plan by selecting backlog from  the unassigned list at the bottom of the page and dragging items into the appropriate sprint container at the top of the page. Alternatively, use the multi-select checkboxes to schedule a number of items all at once.

sprint scheduling is typically done at the lowest level of the project tree, but can be done at multiple levels within the hierarchy if needed.

Defining the Sprint Schedule

If no sprint schedule has yet been defined for the project, one will need to be selected prior to scheduling work. Choose an existing sprint from the list, if applicable, or create a new sprint schedule for the project. When sprint schedules are shared between projects, the same sprints are used for each of the projects. When the same sprint schedule used for a segment of the project tree, this allows you to view a report by sprint for a higher level scope and roll up all data from lower level descendant scopes. The new scope creation process allows the scope to be designated as having either a shared or independent sprint schedule.

Scheduling Backlog

Backlog can be scheduled in any displayed sprint by clicking on a row in the grid at the bottom of the page and dragging it up into the heading of one of the sprint containers at the top of the page. To schedule multiple items at once, use the multi-select checkboxes and the Move to sprint option. Expand any sprint container to view the list of backlog within it. Once an item has been scheduled, it will no longer be visible in the unscheduled list at the bottom of the page.

Use the Project Navigator to change the project level of sprint planning as necessary.

Using History as a Guide

Use the team's prior velocity as a guide to determining how much to schedule within upcoming sprints . A consistent sprint length and team makeup provide for a reliable velocity that can be very effective in scheduling the future sprints . Use the Velocity Trend report to see historical velocity. Scroll back through the sprint schedule to view details for prior sprints ..

Schedule aberrations such as large holiday periods, changing team sizes or a different sprint length should be discussed and taken into account during the sprint scheduling process.

Reassigning Backlog Items

To move a backlog item from one sprint to another, view the Detail listing of the 'from' sprint container and locate the backlog item to be moved. Click on the backlog item and drag it to a new container.

Un-Scheduling Backlog Items

To remove a backlog item from any sprint on this page, expand the sprint container in question and locate the item to be removed. Click on the backlog item and drag it out of its container. Release the backlog item anywhere in the outer scope container when the outer container is highlighted to unschedule it from  the sprint and move it to an unassigned state within the scope.

State

The state progression for sprints is as follows:

  • Future

  • Active

  • Closed

New sprints are created in a Future state. These sprints are available for planning. Only items in active sprints are displayed on team members' My Home pages.

When an sprint is in the Future state, the Activate action appears in the sprint 's summary section on the Release Assignment page. You can activate any sprint by clicking on Activate.

sprints that are currently active will display the Close action as the next step. Close a completed sprint to prevent changes. Closed sprints are still available for reporting purposes.

When an sprint is Closed, the Reopen action appears to allow you to open the sprint again to make any adjustments as needed.

Additional Options on this Page

Customizing Your View

Refer to Using the Grid to learn how you can customize the way you view data in the grid.

Exporting Your Data to Excel

Click on the wrench icon  in the top corner of the grid, and then and select Export (.xls). Refer to Export for more details.

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