Monday 28 October 2019

Rollup Columns in Azure DevOps Boards

Azure Boards in Azure DevOps facilitate project planning and management with agility. The rich feature set and extensibility of Azure Boards with project level customizations as well as process template level customizations helps a lot to manage the projects effectively. The new feature rollup columns help you to visualize progress of the project work based on various criteria using the default fields as well as custom fields. Let’s have a quick look at options available with the new feature roll up columns in Azure Boards.
To add rollup columns in Azure Boards, navigate to Backlog section and select a backlog level such as User Stories backlog. Then click on Column Options.

In the column options pane that is opened click on Add rollup column. You can select a rollup column options form the quick list of items available. There would be two types of rollup column quick adds, progress bar type and total number type. Let’s select Progress by task.

It will take couple of seconds to minutes depending on your backlog size to the rollup column to appear in the backlog. Rollup column based on tasks to show story progress will show story progress as a percentage of completed tasks.

You can even define custom rollup columns with various options such as shown below.

Try different rollup columns and utilize this newly added feature in Azure Boards to enable enhanced visualization of work progress in your teams.

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