Backlog Setup Tutorials

Development

Bug Tracking

Quickly identify, track, and resolve every bug to perfect your product with our Backlog Setup Tutorial for Bug Tracking.

1. Create a new Project in Backlog or go to one you’re currently working on that has bugs your team needs to start tracking. For our example, we’re using a project simply called “Bug Tracking”.

Project Key: BGTRCK

2. Enable all "Attributes and functionality."

Note: Be sure to enable subtasking.

3. Create issues for all of the bugs your team will be addressing and use the issue type “Bug” for each.

4. For each issue, add in the following details:
  • Description
  • Severity
  • Milestone
  • Start & due dates
5. Assign each bug to the appropriate team member.

6. Use Backlog’s Gantt Chart view or Kanban-style Boards to track the progress of your assigned team member as the tasks move through the stages of completion.

7. As everyone works, use @mentions to collaborate on tasks, gather feedback, and let others know when tasks are complete so that any dependent tasks can get started as soon as possible.

With Kanban-style Boards, you can easily move tasks through your workflow with a simple drag and drop.

With the Issues list view, you can view and filter issues by status, assignee, due date, and more.

Or use Gantt view to quickly see how your due dates may be affecting other work and adjust accordingly.

Roadmap

Plan out deadlines and priority levels for all of your team’s projects with our Backlog Setup Tutorial for Roadmaps.

1. Create a new project, and name it according to what you’re working on. For our demo, we’ll use “Roadmap.”

Project Key: RDMP

2. Enable all "Attributes and functionality."

Note: Be sure to enable subtasking.

3. Create Milestones under your project to denote the version of your release. We’re adding:
  • Version 1.0
  • Version 2.0
4. Create all tasks for your roadmap. Use parent issues to denote larger goals and use child issues to break up the goals into individual tasks or jobs.

5. For each task you add, include the following details:
  • An assignee
  • A start & due date
  • A milestone
  • Optional: A priority
6. Use Backlog’s Gantt Chart view to view the Roadmap visually. Using this view, you can track progress by Milestone.

7. As everyone works, use @mentions to collaborate on tasks, gather feedback, and let others know when tasks are complete so that any dependent tasks can get started as soon as possible.

With Kanban-style Boards, you can easily move tasks through your workflow with a simple drag and drop.

With the Issues list view, you can view and filter issues by status, assignee, due date, and more.

Or use Gantt view to quickly see how your due dates may be affecting other work and adjust accordingly.

Sprint Planning

Plan and track your development team’s next sprint with our Backlog Setup Tutorial for Sprint Planning.

1. Create a project called [Sprint] Planning, replacing “Sprint” with the name of your project.

Project Key: SPNTPL

2. Enable all "Attributes and functionality."

Note: Be sure to enable subtasking.

3. Create a custom status called “To Do” — in our example we’re using this status to denote which tasks will be added to the current sprint, but you can add other statuses that would be helpful to your team.

4. Create issue types to reflect the types of tasks that will be involved. We’re adding “Request”, but you can add anything else you need.

5. Create all tasks for your sprint. Use parent issues to denote larger goals and use child issues to break up the goals into individual tasks or jobs. You can prioritize tasks by due date or drag them into a specific order in your tasks list using the Kanban Board view.

6. When it comes to starting your first sprint as a team, you will:
  • Set the status for each task your team is taking on to "To Do"
  • Assign each parent and child issue to a team member & add a due date
  • Set the priority

For each subsequent sprint, you’ll repeat this process, moving tasks from To Do through Closed as your team completes the work.

7. As everyone works on the sprint, use @mentions to collaborate on tasks, gather feedback, and let others know when a task is complete so that any dependent tasks can get started as soon as possible.

With Kanban-style Boards, you can easily move tasks through your workflow with a simple drag and drop.

With the Issues list view, you can view and filter issues by status, assignee, due date, and more.

Or use Gantt view to quickly see how your due dates may be affecting other work and adjust accordingly.

Want to know more about Kanban? Check out our Kanban guide:

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