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Rank a story in Agile Development

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Rank a story in Agile Development

An optional plugin called Context Ranking enables all scrum users to manually sort a related list of stories by priority.

About this task

A product owner or release planner uses this tool to establish the order to work the stories. Stories ranked in a related list (in the Product, Release, and Sprint forms) appear in the same order in the planning board when the appropriate backlog is displayed. Conversely, stories ranked in the planning board appear in that order when viewed in the related list in the form. Users can switch the view in a Stories related list from ranked to any sort order without changing the ranking in the planning board.


  1. Ensure that the Context Ranking plugin is activated.
  2. In the Stories related list, click Rank.
    Note: The Rank button in the Stories related list is available only in Product, Release, and Sprint forms.
  3. Arrange the stories in any order, such as by priority. Click and drag each story into position using the handle icon to the left of the story number.
  4. When you are done, click the X in the upper right corner to close the list.
    Note: The Stories related list is not sorted by your ranking initially.
  5. To view the related list in its ranked order, open the context menu from the related list and select Sort by rank.
  6. To return the sort order of the list to an unranked state, click once in the heading of any column that contains data.
    The application uses this ranked list to display the appropriate backlog in the planning board. For example, if you rank stories in the Stories related list in the Release form, the release backlog in the planning board uses the same ranking to display the stories. Conversely, scrum masters, product owners, and release planners can create a new ranking order for the Stories related list by rearranging the list of stories in the planning board.