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Use Cases for Agile Boards

You can use an agile board to manage any process you can dream up. Building a board that's just right for you and your team may require a little imagination.

Here, we've collected a few board configurations that are tailored to specific use cases. Use these examples to find inspiration and customize your board.

The Scrumban Board

Scrumban is a hybrid methodology that borrows elements from both Scrum and Kanban, hence the hybrid name. This board is configured to use sprints as they would be used for Scrum development, but these sprints are not scheduled.

The team that uses this board is not tied to specific delivery dates, and follows a Kanban flow to manage their work.

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To build a Scrumban board:

  1. Create your board.
    • We built this board using the Scrum board template.
    • Select the projects that you want to manage on the board. All of the issues that we manage on this board belong to the same project.
    • For the Backlog option, choose Create new. We’ll customize the backlog later.
  2. Create a sprint
    • This board uses sprints that correspond to major releases in YouTrack and Hub, however, we only assign each sprint a name.
    • All sprints are unscheduled.
  3. Set sprint options.
    • We pull all of our issues from the backlog, so we don’t use any options that add issues to the board automatically.
  4. Define columns.
    • Columns are identified by values from the State field. We have separate columns for Open, Reopened (merged), In Progress, In Review, Ready, and Published.
  5. Define swimlanes.
    • Swimlanes are identified by issues that are assigned the Epic value in the Type field. We show the swimlane for uncategorized cards at the bottom of the board.
  6. Configure cards.
    • When we add a card to the board, the default value for the Type field is Task. The Color Scheme is based on the set of values for the Priority field. We also enabled the option to show colors for other custom fields.
  7. Pick a chart.
    • We didn’t show our chart in the demo, but for this board, we use the Cumulative flow diagram.
  8. Build the backlog.
    • We use the backlog to filter out issues that we don’t want to manage on this board. Our backlog uses the following saved search:
Last modified: 9 August 2017