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A sprint is a fixed time period where a team completes a set of issues that they've committed to. In Jira Software, sprints are planned in the Backlog.

Enable sprints for your agility project

  1. Navigate to your agility project.
  2. Select Project Settings in the project sidebar.
  3. Select Features.
  4. Enable the Sprints feature. (Note: You must also enable Backlog.)

When you enable sprints, the following will happen:

  • All issues on your agility 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.
  • Your board will display issues once you've started a sprint. It will display only the issues that were added to the sprint you've started.

Create a sprint

  1. Navigate to your agility project.
  2. Select Backlog in the project sidebar.
  3. Click Create sprint.

You can create multiple sprints if you want to plan further ahead.

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. 

Tip: 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 into your sprint (or vice versa).

Start a sprint

  1. Navigate to your agility project.
  2. Select Backlog in the project sidebar.
  3. Add at least one issue to your sprint, then click Start 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 agility project.
  2. In the sidebar, select Project 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 25, 2018

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