Agile and Scrum (Backlogs plugin)

Working in agile project teams is becoming increasingly important.

OpenProject supports your work with theScrum methodology by providing a variety of functionalities. You can record and prioritize user stories in the sprint and product backlog, use digital task boards or burndown-charts, print story cards, and much more. For more information, please refer to the OpenProject agile and scrum features page.

Using OpenProject Scrum functionality requires installation of backlogs plugin. You can download it here.

Please note that this user guide does not represent an introduction into scrum methodology, but merely explains the scrum-related functionalities and user instructions in OpenProject.


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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Why is my backlog page empty? How do I add a new backlog to the backlog page?

In order to start using backlogs you need to create at least one backlog version and set the version either to the left or the right column.

Can I share a version among several project?

Yes, a version can be shared with other projects. You can decide in the project settings whether a version is only accessible in the current project or whether it is shared with other projects.

Can I show work packages from other projects in the backlog?

No, the backlog view only shows the work packages in the current project. If you want to see work packages from other projects you need to either navigate to those projects’ backlog view or use the work package list view to display work packages from different projects in a view.

Does OpenProject support printing story cards for physical taskboards?

Yes, it is possible to export user stories in backlogs and print them to use them with a physical taskboard. Define export formats in the administration and follow the instructions on printing story cards to accomplish this.

Can I display a sprint in the timeline?

Sprint backlogs as well as product backlogs are not visible in the timeline. They are however shown in the roadmap. If you would like to show a sprint’s duration in the timeline, you need to create a separate work package with a corresponding start and end date and show this in the timeline.