How to do sprints in Trello

How to do sprints in Trello

How to do sprints in Trello

In the beginning of the sprint, all the cards scheduled for the sprint are in the sprint backlog list. During the sprint cards are moved from left to right, and if everything goes as planned, all the cards are in the Done column when the sprint ends. Here are few tips for setting workflow in Trello.

In the beginning of the sprint, all the cards scheduled for the sprint are in the sprint backlog list. During the sprint cards are moved from left to right, and if everything goes as planned, all the cards are in the Done column when the sprint ends. Here are few tips for setting workflow in Trello.

In the beginning of the sprint, all the cards scheduled for the sprint are in the sprint backlog list. During the sprint cards are moved from left to right, and if everything goes as planned, all the cards are in the Done column when the sprint ends. Here are few tips for setting workflow in Trello.

Starting a new sprint

Make sure that the Sprint screen is enabled in the Dashboard settings

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To start a new sprint, select start a new sprint from the menu on the top right:

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Sprint edit form is opened for entering the details for the sprint.

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The sprint details will be remembered so that when you’re starting the next sprint, the values you’ve entered previously are automatically pre-selected.

Enter the sprint details:

  • Sprint name - will be shown as the sprint name in the burndown chart

  • Primary board - the main project for the sprint

  • Sprint backlog - can be one or multiple columns or lists in one or more projects

  • Done list - can be one or multiple columns or lists in the primary project

  • Start date - first day of the sprint

  • End date - last day of the sprint

In addition, there are these default settings that you only need to set once and they will be applied to all future sprints.

  • Burn unit - burn unit can be either task count or an estimate.

  • Sprint ending - automatically at the sprint end date, or manually

  • Default length - the sprint end date is set automatically based on the default length

  • Additional boards - if your backlog is scattered across multiple projects, you can select those here.

Start the sprint by clicking Create sprint

That's it! Once you start completing your tasks, you'll get a nice sprint burndown chart to share with your team. 

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General tips

If you have enabled the Card Size Power-Up, you can enter the spent value for cards in addition to the size. If you pick the card size (remaining) as the burn unit, the burndown will reflect the remaining work which is the difference of those two

It is advisable to use the same Trello board from one sprint to another. This way you can generate a history of sprints and don't have to move incomplete cards from one board to another when starting a new sprint.

Before starting a new sprint, you may want to clean up the completed tasks list from the tasks completed in the previous sprint. You can do so by selecting Archive All Cards in This List from the List Actions.

If you need to re-visit the archived cards at a later stage, you can find them by using the Trello's search feature:

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Completing a sprint

A sprint is completed by selecting End sprint from the menu

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In order for the sprint burndown chart to work properly, completed tasks must stay on the sprint done list until the sprint is stopped.