To define a product backlog, go to Board > Cards > Backlog.
Click the Create button on the Auto-hide toolbar on the left. In the Add card pop-up, enter the card details.
Select the card type by clicking the card type color at the bottom of the pop-up. in the Card Type list, select Backlog in the Select Lane list and enter other attributes like you add card on the Kanban Board.
Cards added to the backlog are listed in the Backlog view, displaying field values like Priority, Current Owner, etc. You can push required card to the backlog by clicking the Add to Board button for the card. You can also:
SwiftKanban also provides a Backlog board right on the Kanban Board, which simulates a wall board. The Backlog Board is where you can view your backlog in the form of cards. You can view the card details upfront as on the board and decide which cards to push to the board. if you don't have a backlog created from where you can pull cards from, you can immediately create one.
To go to the Backlog Board, click the Backlog Board icon from your Kanban Board. The cards, if added as Backlog from the Backlog view or Card Type List View are shown here. Click the Add to Board icon to push the card to the board, which appears on mouse-over on the card. Card Menu is also available for the cards on mouse-over, enabling collaboration and card-related actions on the Backlog Board. If required, add cards to the Backlog Board by clicking the Add Card icon, which is similar to the Kanban board feature.
You will find other important board features on the Auto-hide toolbar to focus and prioritize cards- Board Filter, Legend, and Card Sizing views.
The Backlog Board can be organized more effectively based on card attributes to help you quickly locate and push cards with specific attribute value. Moreover, the category lanes function resets the attribute value of the card when you move it to another category lane.
To organize your backlog based on card attributes:
Considering the above example, the Backlog Board will have separate lanes for Priority values such as Critical, Medium, and so on. The cards matching the Priority value are placed in the applicable category lane. If there are no cards moved to a lane, it will be collapsed. As in Lanes, if you move a card of ‘Medium’ priority to the ‘Critical’ priority lane, the priority of that card is set to ‘Critical’.
If required, you can change the category by selecting the required card attribute in the Organize Backlog window.
The Backlog Board also provides flexibility to organize the board by creating your own backlog category lanes. As the prioritization can keep changing based on the dynamic business need, the categorization may need to change.
To organize your backlog based on custom categories:
Expand the lane and move the required cards from the Backlog lane to the new lane. Add a few more custom lanes, as and when required and organize the lanes by clicking the Move Up and Move Down icons. To delete a lane, click the Delete icon on the toolbar for that lane. The lane will be removed and if it has any cards, these will be moved to the ‘None’ lane created.
Adding a card using the Add Card icon, adds a card in the first lane by default. For Backlog organized on Custom Categories, right-click anywhere on a custom lane to add and associate the new card to that lane.
To push cards randomly, reset the Backlog Board to the default setting, by clicking the Disable Organization button in the Organize Backlog window.
To pick up cards in a left to right order, you can drag and drop the cards and resequence them within the lane. The cards resequenced, persists across sessions.
The following shortcut options are available on the Backlog Board: