- Azure Boards (AB) is a standalone service within the Azure DevOps suite that helps teams plan, track, and discuss work across the entire software development process.
- AB is a tool for managing software development work. It is primarily used in Azure DevOps to help organize work and daily activities for the team.
- Reasons to Use AB: Simple to Start, Easy to Grow; Easily Customizable; Easy Tracking of all the Information; Built-in Dashboards & Analytics.
- In this post, we will setup a simple Azure DevOps project; add teams to your project; create and manage work items; customize the project’s boards; explore different views of your work items, and organize them into sprints.
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1. Getting Started with AB
You need the MS account to start AB.
Choose Start free option.
Choose Public option
Click Advanced: Git version control (there could be code versions or file management) and Basic work item process
The first/second one is the distributed/centralized version control
Project management process:
Agile, Basic, CMMI, Scrum
Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) is a process level improvement training and appraisal program.
2. Setting Up the AB Project
You can choose the project profile image and change process and visibility.
We need all available AB services
Add another administrator who has the MS account and access to Azure DevOps
Let’s manage teams.
We can see available teams for this project
Create a new team
3. Creating Work Items
Let’s create and import work items.
New work item: Epic, Issue, Task.
Epic – High-level project tasks
Set priority level 1-4 and related existing work item.
Planning: priority, start and target dates.
Add Description and Discussion.
View the history of changes made to this item and attachments.
Press Refresh button or revert changes.
Link an issue to my task.
Let’s save and go back to work items.
Let’s import items instead of adding them manually using csv files.
Save items to complete
4. Customizing AB
Scroll the page horizontally
Let’s add and choose the priority column
Reorder the columns by moving Priority column up
Let’s sort columns
Filter by type
States is for filtering by their status Doing or To Do.
You can have multiple filtering criteria
Click clear to remove it
Or uncheck its boxes
The items context menu
Deleted items are not permanently removed from Azure boards
They are moved to the recycling bin
You can restore work items using Restore.
5. Creating Sprints
Boards – continue where you left off
You can drag items between the columns
Can move issues around with automated updates of the status
Add a new issue
Move to doing state
Assign it to a team member and move it to Done
You can still use the filtering bar
And switch to full screen mode
Switch to Backlog View
The backlog is optimized for the planning
Add new items and divide work into time slots called sprints
Start organizing issues
Switch to Epics view
And drag my task to sprint 1
Switch to sprints view once done with backlogs
Use the same filter to control the view
- Microsoft’s Azure is a Software as a service (SaaS) platform that offers complete DevOps tools
- It is an excellent choice for coordinating DevOps services and integrates with the majority of top tools on the market.
- No matter the language, platform, or cloud we use, we have found that Azure DevOps fits our requirements.
- Key advantages: The flexibility of Azure DevOps allows for the independent use of each of its services. Platform Independent: Despite being a Microsoft product, Azure DevOps does not simply focus on platforms and languages created by Microsoft. Instead, it has been created to run on any operating system, including Linux, Windows, and macOS, as well as any language, including .Net, Java, PHP, Python, C, C++, iOS, and NodeJS.
- Cloud Independent
- In addition to Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) are also supported by the Continuous Integration and Delivery model of Azure DevOps.
- Azure DevOps api comprises several services spanning the entire software development life cycle (SDLC). The following services make up Azure DevOps api, which is not a single program.
- Azure Boards, Pipeline, Repos, Artifacts, Test Plans
- What About the CI/CD Tooling I Already Have? Azure DevOps’ flexibility is one of the features we value the most. It is versatile enough to use your existing tools and expandable (through a marketplace).
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