Agile Project Management

Agile Boards in YouTrack are designed to help teams plan, visualize and manage their work in an efficient manner, with support for both Scrum and Kanban processes.


Agile Development with YouTrack

Group Tasks in Swimlanes

Tasks can be grouped together as user stories or features by creating swimlanes. Each task is represented as a card on the board, from where you can update, estimate, move and perform virtually any operation that you can with any issue in YouTrack.

Orphan Tasks

Tasks that are not associated with features, such as critical bugs, etc., can also be placed on the board and managed in the same way.

Sprint Planning

Sprint Planning

Define your own number of sprints and duration of each one. You may also choose to move all unresolved tasks from the previous sprint to a new one. Easily manage your sprint planning using the board by dragging features and their tasks directly from your backlog, represented as a tree, in a visual way.

Burndown Chart

Obtain a clear view of the team's progress. A burndown chart comparing ideal versus real effort remaining can easily indicate whether the team is on track for completing a sprint.

Week-ends on Burndown

YouTrack reflects the weekends on the Ideal burndown to let your actual progress (Remaining effort) graph approach the ideal one. Your Burndown chart becomes more realistic, keeping the ideal process on hold for the weekends.

Burndown chart with Time Tracking enabled

Burndown chart without Time Tracking enabled

Burndown chart for a cross-project Agile board

Spent Time on Burndown Chart

We enhanced the Burndown with a Spent time chart, calculated based on the work items logged for the sprint tasks. In an ideal Agile world, Spent time chart is a mirror image of the Ideal Burndown. In the real world, it gives an idea of how realistic your estimation is. We also added Spent Time to the Remaining effort chart to make it go smoothly and reflect your real progress at the moment.

Kanban ()

Kanban Board

Kanban Board

Easily create different columns representing the different stages in the pipeline. As you work on tasks, move them along the board.

Work in Progress

Define a maximum WIP for each column, allowing you to monitor whether you have reached your maximum number of tasks. Take control of your productive throughput.

Cumulative Flow

Cumulative Flow

Cumulative Flow chart lets you easily see how the work is flowing through the system, and highlights potential bottlenecks.

Progress Bar

Use the Progress Bar to check your current board progress at a glance. It shows the percentage distribution of tasks on the board by states, and gives a clear view of the current progress and remaining work.

Progress Bar

Ultimate Agile Experience

Ultimate Agile Experience

Backlog Management

Create Product and Release backlogs to manage your features and tasks for different projects, releases or iterations.The backlog is represented as a tree. Prioritize features and manage their subtasks directly in the backlog by dragging them over the list. Try Epics support and the ability to drag features and their tasks to the board. Use shortcuts to organize and modify the backlog on the fly.

Swimlanes Context

With even more flexibility in configuring the Agile board, you can set issue attributes as Swimlanes. For example, choose Priority field and its "Critical" and "Show-stopper" values as a Swimlane to focus on important issues, or choose the Assignee field to get an overview of each team member's particular tasks.

Multiple Boards

We shipped too many Agile board goodies to stick with just one board. The sky is the limit for how many boards you can create and keep, so you can really track your projects in multiple ways.

Cross-project Agile board

Decide what projects will be associated with the board. Just click "Create Board" and select the appropriate projects.

Board Based on Search Query

Fine-tune your board even further: enter a search query to narrow down the issues appearing on the board.

Personal Agile

Create and configure your own boards: choose projects, set visibility settings and define swimlanes.

Column Visibility

Set board visibility on any board, whether it was created by you or shared with you. Choose what you really want to see and stay focused only on the column(s) that matter for you. The option works just for you and does not affect other users.

A Board You'll Love Using

Search Queries on the Board

Use advanced search queries to filter the tasks on the board, just like you normally do in YouTrack. For instance you can filter all unassigned issues (#unassigned) or those assigned to yourself (for:me), or even filter unresolved critical bugs only (#bug #critical #unresolved).

Keyboard-Centric Board

YouTrack stays committed to supporting extended shortcuts. Use handy shortcuts to move the cards across the board, add, edit, delete swimlanes and cards, switch between the board and the search box, show/hide the backlog, and much more!

Apply Commands

Modify as many tasks as you need at once using powerful commands, just like you normally do in YouTrack. Simply type: Done to move the selected tasks under the Done column.

Play Your Cards Right

Create Subtasks from the Board

Create subtasks of any issue represented by a card on the board. Subtasks will be shown on the card indicating its progress.

Three Levels of Detail

Decide how much detail you need on board cards, by choosing from three board views: Minimal, Compact, or Detailed.

Color-coded Cards

Highlight your cards to visually distinguish them based on their Priority, Severity or any other field. It’s up to you to decide which field values will be used to color your tasks on the board.

Card Assignee Avatars

Check who is working on which tasks with a single glance. Each board card includes the issue’s assignee’s avatar to indicate who’s responsible for the issue.