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Working with Sprints in JIRA

In agile software development methodology, the requirements and solutions for a project keep evolving with time between self-organizing and cross functional teams. The actual project development is broken down into number of iterations which development team develops and delivers as a discrete product increment like a working milestone. In this tutorial, we are going to learn about short iteration which is usually of two to four weeks in duration and known as Sprint in JIRA.

Sprints in JIRA

In JIRA, sprint only applies to scrum boards. A sprint can span one or more than one project at a time when multiple projects are included in the board and has sprint created. Sprint can be created and viewed on the Backlog page which can be used to prioritize the issues. Below screenshot shows Backlog page where we can see the option to create the sprint on the right hand side bottom corner.

 

JIRA Sprint screen1

 

Work With Sprint in JIRA:

Creating A Sprint:

A sprint is visible across all the boards if it has issues that belongs to the sprint. Below are the steps to create the sprint in JIRA.

  1. Click on the agile link’s down-arrow which will show the preferred board.
  2. Click on the backlog board.
  3. Click on the Create Sprint button present on the top left corner as shown in the screenshot below.

 

JIRA Sprint screen2

 

Editing or Reordering A Sprint: 

JIRA Agile allows to edit the name and dates for any sprint which is incomplete. If you want sprints to be arranged in the logical order, with the few clicks you can move entire sprints up or down your board. To edit or reorder a sprint, you need to have the JIRA ‘Project Administrator’ permission for the project(s).

Below are the steps to change the name and dates of sprints that have not been completed yet.

  1. Click on the agile link’s down-arrow which will show the preferred board.
  2. Click on the backlog.
  3. Hover on the name and the dates of the sprint and enter the new names and the dates. Press enter to commit the changes.

To re-order the sprint, below are the steps.

  1. Click on the agile link’s down-arrow which will show the preferred board.
  2. Click on the backlog.
  3. Click the (…) icon present next to Start Sprint for the sprint that you want to move, then choose Move sprint up or Move sprint down

Below screenshot demonstrates the change of the name and dates of the sprint.

 

JIRA Sprint screen3

 

Adding An Issue To A Sprint:

Adding an issue to an existing sprint is very simple and involves below steps.

  1. Click on the agile link’s down-arrow which will show the preferred board.
  2. Click on the backlog.
  3. From the backlog list, right click on the issue to add it to an existing sprint (here MFP Sprint 1). Below screenshot demonstrates it.JIRA Sprint screen4
  4. Issue MFP-2 will be added to an existing sprint (MFP Sprint 1) as shown in the screenshot below.JIRA Sprint screen5

Removing An Issue From A Sprint: 

Below are the steps involved for the removal of an issue from a sprint.

  1. Click on the agile link’s down-arrow which will show the preferred board.
  2. Click on the backlog board.
  3. Drag and drop the issue which is required to be removed from the active sprint (MFT Sprint 1) back to the issue backlog list as shown in the screenshot below.

 

JIRA Sprint screen6

 

Alternatively, an issue can be removed from the sprint using the Active sprint board.

  1. Click on the agile link’s down-arrow which will show the preferred board.
  2. Click on the Active Sprint board as shown in the below screenshot.
  3. Right click on the issue which is required to be removed from the sprint after selecting “Remove from Sprint” option from the dropdown menu. Issue will be moved back to the Backlog board as it was before.

 

JIRA Sprint screen7

 

Starting A Sprint:

Once all the issues are added to a sprint, you can start a sprint. To start a sprint follow the below steps.

  1. Click on the agile link’s down-arrow which will show the preferred board.
  2. Click on the backlog board.
  3. Choose the sprint to be worked on, plan a sprint by dragging the sprint footer down below some issues, or by dragging issues here.
  4. Choose the desired sprint an then Click Start Sprint.start JIRA Sprint
    screen8 start sprint

Ending A Sprint:

Development team complete the assignment and on the final day team end a sprint when it gets completed. If there is any issue left in the sprint which is not completed yet, it can be moved to other sprints which are still in progress simply by using the drag and drop feature of JIRA tool on the backlog page. To end a sprint below are the steps.

  1. Click on the agile link’s down-arrow which will show the preferred board.
  2. Click on the Active Sprint board.
  3. Select the sprint that you want to complete from the sprint dropdown menu.
  4. Click the complete sprint button to end the sprint if all the issues in it has been done or completed.
  5. While completing the sprint, it will display the issues which are incomplete in the sprint. Then, it will ask to move these issues to other sprints which are not completed yet in the dropdown menu as shown in the below screenshot. Choose to move these issues to other sprints and click complete button to end the current sprint.JIRA Sprint screen9

Deleting A Sprint:

If sprint is created by mistake or if there is bit change of project plan then such Sprints can be deleted. To do so below are the steps.

  1. Click on the agile link’s down-arrow which will show the preferred board.
  2. Click on the backlog board.
  3. Click on the (…) icon present on the top right corner on the sprint of the backlog board.
  4. From the dropdown menu, select delete sprint to delete the sprint as shown in the below screenshot.screen8 delete sprint

Today we have learned about how Sprint working in JIRA tool. Sprint in JIRA is the powerful mechanism to handle an agile development methodology which is used currently used by many organizations worldwide.
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