Group Stories by Topic in the Backlog

If there are too many user stories in the backlog, it quickly becomes unmanageable. Creating groups within the backlog help product owners to make the backlog easy to read and understand.

In the current version of Scrum Mate, you can only create groups based on topics. This means that all user stories within a group must also be on the same topic. That restriction will be changed in the future, so topics and groups will be independent of each other.

Grouping user stories that are on the same topic

To create a group of user stories that are on the same topic.

  • Select at least two stories in the backlog that are on the same topic.
  • Move your mouse over a selected topic. An icon with the topic initials will appear on the right side of the backlog.
  • Click on the topic initials to create a group.

Ungrouping a topic group

To ungroup user stories, move your mouse pointer over the topic header, and select the vertical ‘…’ icon to open the group popup menu. Then select ‘Ungroup’.

Deleting a group and all stories within the group

You can permanently delete an entire group with all stories in it. To do that, move your mouse pointer over the topic header, and select the vertical ‘…’ icon to open the group popup menu. Then select ‘Delete’.

Warning: all stories will be deleted permanently!

Creating a topic with ‘topic group’ from the backlog

Creating a topic from the backlog will be deprecated since grouping backlog items will be independent of topics in the future. Creating a group will not add a new topic in future Scrum Mate versions.

To create a new topic with a ‘topic group’

  • Move your mouse pointer over a backlog item
  • Move your mouse pointer over the (+) icon
  • Select ‘Add topic’ from the drop-down menu.

  • Type in the name of the new topic.

If you select more user stories that are on different topics, you can create a new topic group with the selected stories. All selected stories will be moved to the new topic.

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