Author : HASSAN MD TAREQ | Updated : 2020/05/28

Azure DevOps Boards

  • Boards within Azure Devops mimic the functionality of Issue & Project Tracking software i.e. Jira
  • Azure Boards deliver a suite of Agile tools to support planning and tracking work, code defects, and issues using Kanban and Scrum methods
  • Within Boards you can create kanban boards, story items, feature items , backlog items, sprints and query items to query your entire project items
  • Boards is the built in agile project planning and management tool
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Boards Overview

Azure DevOps Boards

Work Items

  • Work Items is a section within boards to manage, document, assign and prioritise bugs, epics, features, issues, tasks, test cases and user stories for later inclusion on kanban boards and/or sprints
  • When you add a user story, bug, task, or feature, you create a work item


Boards present work items as cards and support quick status updates through drag-and-drop. The feature is similar to sticky notes on a physical whiteboard. Use to implement Kanban practices and visualize the flow of work for a team.


Backlogs present work items as lists. A product backlog represents your project plan and a repository of all the information you need to track and share with your team. Portfolio backlogs allow you to group and organize your backlog into a hierarchy. Use to plan, prioritize, and organize work.


Sprint backlogs and taskboards provide a filtered view of work items a team assigned to a specific iteration path, or sprint. From your backlog, you can assign work to an iteration path by using drag-and-drop. You can then view that work in a separate sprint backlog. Use to implement Scrum practices.


Queries are filtered lists of work items based on criteria that you define by using a query editor.

You use queries to support the following tasks:

  • Find groups of work items with something in common
  • List work items for the purposes of sharing with others or doing bulk updates. Triage a set of items to prioritize or assign
  • Create status and trend charts that you then can add to dashboards