Enable sprints

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A sprint is a fixed time period where a team commits to a set number of issues from their backlog. Sprints are usually one, two, or four weeks long. At the end of the sprint, a team will typically have built and implemented a working product increment.

In Jira Software, sprints are planned on the Backlog screen.

Enable or disable sprints for your next-gen software project

Before you can enable sprints, you must enable a backlog for your next-gen project.

To enable sprints:

  1. Navigate to your next-gen software project.

  2. In the project menu, select Settings.

  3. Select Features.

  4. Use the toggle to enable or disable the Sprints feature.

When you enable sprints:

  • All issues on your next-gen board will be sent to the backlog with the same status as the column they were in. For example, issues in the In Progress column will be sent to the backlog, with an In Progress status.

  • Jira creates your first sprint for you. To see it, and start adding issues into the new sprint, select Backlog from your project's sidebar.

  • Your board only displays issues once you've started the sprint. The board displays only the issues added to the sprint you started. Any other issues (including new issues) appear in the backlog.

If you disable sprints, issues on your active sprint’s board remain on the board, in their respective columns. Issues in other sprints are moved to the Backlog list in your backlog.

Start a sprint

Ready to sprint to your team's goal? To start a sprint:

  1. Navigate to your next-gen Software project.

  2. Select Backlog in the project menu on the left.

  3. Add at least one issue to your sprint, then click Start sprint.

  4. Click Start.

When you start a sprint, you can:

  • Change the sprint's name. (Our team uses local snacks as our sprint names. If we hit our sprint goal, we go out and indulge in that snack. It's a nice ritual.)

  • Adjust the sprint's duration.

  • Edit the start and end dates for the sprint.

Add a sprint goal to keep your team aligned and focused on what they want to deliver. This can help your team identify and prioritize the work that pushes towards your goals, and deprioritize less important work.


After you start a sprint:

  • The issues in your sprint move onto your board.

  • The board name changes to the name of your active sprint.

  • The sprint goal appears on the board.

  • The amount of time remaining in the sprint appears on the board.

Create a sprint

You can create multiple sprints in your backlog, if you want to plan further ahead.

To create a sprint:

  1. Navigate to your next-gen Software project.

  2. Select Backlog in the project menu on the left.

  3. Click Create sprint.

When you create a sprint, a new list appears above your Backlog list.

You can reorder sprints in your backlog by selecting More () > Move sprint up/down.

You can rename a sprint or give it a goal in advance by selecting More () > Edit sprint.

Add issues to a sprint

From within your backlog:

  • Click  Create issue underneath the awaiting sprint

  • Drag-and-drop issues from the backlog into the sprint. 

Hold Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac) to move multiple issues at once, or drag the divider  up or down to add (or remove) the topmost issues from your backlog to your sprint (or vice versa).

Complete a sprint

You can complete active sprints on your next-gen board:

  1. Navigate to your next-gen Software project.

  2. Select Board in the project menu on the left.

  3. Click Complete sprint.

Disable sprints for your project

If your team no longer needs sprints – for example, if they adopt a Kanban work process – you can turn off sprints for your project. To do this:

  1. Navigate to your next-gen Software project.

  2. In the project menu, select Settings.

  3. Select Features.

  4. Disable the Sprints feature.

When you disable sprints, issues on your board will remain on the board, in their respective columns.

Learn more

New to agile? Check out the scrum guides on our Agile Coach site for information on running a successful scrum team.

Last modified on Jul 7, 2020
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