Scrum tasks

Scrum tasks are the discreet pieces of work required to complete a story.

A scrum task might require between four and twelve hours to complete. Team members volunteer for tasks based on their skills and track the hours remaining on a daily basis. The time remaining is reflected in the sprint burn down chart. If the planned hours for a task exceed an agreed upon period of time, such as eight hours, the task can be split into additional tasks. A story is not complete until all of its tasks are complete.

You add scrum tasks to an existing story from the following locations on the Story form:
  • The Tasks related list
  • The Add Scrum Tasks related link in a Story form
Note: You also can add tasks from the planning board and the story progress board.

Create a scrum task from a planning board

You can add scrum tasks to an existing story from the planning board.

  1. In the planning board, right-click a story and select Add Scrum Task from the context menu.
  2. Complete the form as described in the field description table.
    Planning board

Create a scrum task from a story progress board

You can add scrum tasks to an existing story from the story progress board.

  1. In the story progress board, click the green plus icon (+) in a story object to create a new scrum task
  2. Complete the form as described in the field description table.
    Create task progress board

Create a scrum task from the Tasks related list

You can add scrum tasks to an existing story from the Tasks related list.

  1. Navigate to SDLC (Scrum Process) > Stories > Open Stories and open an existing story.
  2. In the Scrum Tasks related list, click New.
  3. Fill in the fields, as appropriate.
    Figure 1. Scrum Task form
    Table 1. Scrum Task form fields
    Field Description
    Story [Read-only] Displays the story associated with the scrum task.
    Planned hours [Required] Enter the estimated number of hours to complete the task. A typical scrum task should take between four and twelve hours. If the task requires more than 12 hours, consider breaking it down into multiple tasks.
    Remaining hours Enter the estimated number of hours remaining to complete the scrum task. This value is updated by the assigned team member as work is being done on the task.
    Actual hours After the task is complete, enter the number of hours the task actually required.
    Type Select the type of work involved.
    State Select the scrum task's current state. The default is Draft.
    Assigned to Select the user who will be working on the scrum task. The default is the story owner.
    Blocked Select this check box if the scrum task is blocked for some reason. Clear the check box if there are no blocking issues.
    Short description Enter a brief description of this scrum task.
    Description Enter a detailed description of the scrum task.
    Work notes Enter notes to indicate progress on the scrum task or issues blocking it.

Manage a scrum task

You can manage scrum tasks on the task progress board.

About this task

You can also use the task progress board to track scrum tasks to completion.

Procedure

  1. Navigate to SDLC (Scrum Process) > Open Sprints.
  2. Select a sprint.
  3. Click the Task Progress Board related link.
  4. View information about all stories and corresponding tasks.
  5. [Optional] To quickly assign a task to yourself, drag a task to the Work in progress column.
    Task progress board