Task Board

The task board uses a card view to show you the status of the tasks associated with stories, bugs, issues and risks in the current iteration.  The first column shows the parent - story, bug, issue or risk and the status lanes show the child tasks. If the parent item is problem and is marked as blocking(bug, risk or issue) the name will be colored in red to bring your attention to that item. Each status lane also shows how many tasks it contains. In the example below we can see that the status column “In Progress” has 3 stories in it. Please note that the editing options available on this screen depend on your permissions in the project.

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Drag and Drop

Using the task board you can change the status of a task by dragging and dropping a card from one column to another.  When dragging, the tooltip will tell you if the task can be moved from its current status to the target status, according to the transition rules for tasks in the project.

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Add/Edit

Without leaving the task board, you can create new tasks and edit existing ones. To create a task, find the parent item you want to create a task for and click the Add a New Task button below the card in the parent workitem column.  To edit a task, select the pencil icon on the left side of the card. You can also create new stories, bugs, issues and risks from the button in the group header. You can create new story by clicking on the Add a New Story button. If you want to create item from different type click the arrow on the right to view all the available options.

If you group the items on the board by Type the Add a New Story button will be changed with a button which creates item corresponding to the group. 

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Bug Counts

When a story has related bugs, the tasks' parent card might show a bug count display indicating that there are outstanding bugs. The count displays the total number of bugs that have not been completed. If any of the not completed bugs are marked as blocking, then the display turns red and the icon changes to draw your attention.
 
Clicking on the bug count area will open the story in the full view with the Bugs tab preselected. This allows users to see more details about the related bugs with a single click.
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Story Counts

When a problem - bug, issue or risk has related stories, the tasks' parent card might show a story count display indicating that there are outstanding stories. The count displays the total number of stories that have not been completed. 
 
Clicking on the story count area will open the problem in the full view with the Stories tab preselected. This allows users to see more details about the related stories with a single click.

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Group By

Grouping allows you to get a different view of your stories,bugs, issues, risks and their associated tasks.  Using the drop down above the task board, you can group by Assigned To, Team, Area, Iteration, and Type. Doing this will group the parent items by the selected field and then show the child tasks in the status lanes.

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Logging Work

You can log work for a task by clicking the Log Work button from the task card. Visit Logging Work page for more detailed information.

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Filtering

The standard area/iteration filters and tag that are available on most screens are also available for the task board.  When you first come to the screen, the task board will be filtered to the current iteration; however, it is possible to select any iteration (or area) in the project.  Selecting an area or iteration from the tree will filter the parent items by the selected value.

 

Work-in-progress Limits

Using work-in-progress limits can help you implement lean-focused processes such as Kanban. If a status/swim lane has a maximum, you can easily see when there are too many items in a lane. Similarly, if a status has a minimum, it’s easy to see when there aren’t enough items.

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If you have permission to edit project settings, you can change the work-in-progress limits by clicking the Configure Board button in the task board header. Use the checkbox to turn all the limits on or off and the use the numeric editors to change the value for a limit. When finished, click the Save button to save the changes to the project settings.

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My Task Board

The My Task Board page is used to get a personalized view of the items assigned to a team member in the current iteration.  By default it is filtered to show the stories, bugs, issues, risks and tasks assigned to the currently logged in user, but it is possible to view the items for any team member by clicking on the team member name drop down.

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