Jira where development work is entered and prioritized.

Issue Types

When creating issues, try to assign issue type most appropriate. Issue type can be changed later so don’t worry too much. If possible assign to a “Fix Version” aka Release.

  • Bug – Work to solve a bug
  • Task – Work that is clearly defined
  • Story – Large scope of work. Can be for work with subtasks, or vague work such as “A User should be able to XYZ”

Work Queue

The easiest way to follow the work queue Upcoming Release Kanban Board. This board lists only work select for the upcoming release.

kanban screenshot

Use the filter buttons at top to quickly see unassigned work, work assigned to you, bugs, and work recently updated.

Work is listed in 3 columns, and sorted by priority.

Columns: * Todo * Work prioritized to be done next * Pick up any task from this column * In Progress * Work In Progress * Done * Shows recently completed work. Has time limit to keep board clean

Managing Work

All issues for an upcoming release are assigned a “Fix Version” to indicate release number.


With the Kanban Board, there are 2 states for the Upcoming Release backlog.

  • Todo - These tasks are visible the Todo column of the Kanban board. To keep things simple, there shouldnt be more than 5-10 issues in Todo
  • Backlog – Other tasks seleceted for release, but not are not visible on the Kanban board. The purpose of this is to keep the Todo column clean and easy to work from. As the Todo column clears, prioritize next tasks in backlog by moving them to todo.