Redmine Backlogs

Diving deeper into the Redmine Backlogs Plugin

Agile software development practices are now common and are even finding their way in to large companies that don’t readily embrace change. With the rise of agile has come a number of tools for managing agile software development projects.

One tool that we have worked with here is the Backlogs plugin for Redmine which turns Redmine in to an agile tool.

For those who are not familiar with Redmine. Redmine is a web based project management application based on Ruby on Rails framework.

Redmine Backlogs has a number of standard features for managing your agile team:

  • Sort stories in product and iteration backlogs
  • Track story points for stories
  • Display burn down charts
  • Track tasks via task board
  • Produce printable task board cards
  • Track impediments within each iteration

Most Appealing Redmine Backlogs Features

Backlogs offers the burn down charts for sprints and also the release burn downs.

redmine-backlogs-burndown Diving deeper into the Redmine Backlogs Plugin

The drag and drop interface to manage the product and sprint backlogs and the inline editing features are really nice.

The sprint task board maintenance is faster compared to a updating tickets in a standard Redmine installation. New tasks are easy to add and easy to update.

redmine-backlogs-sprint-taskboard Diving deeper into the Redmine Backlogs Plugin

The wish list still continues…

Tasks can be associated with only one tracker in Redmine. In case your current Redmine process makes use of separate trackers for defects, change requests, enhancements etc, only one can be configured with backlogs.

Backlogs could provide more customized visualisation and sub filters to sub categorize the tasks further. If everything can be treated as a task at a broader level and have further sub categories to identify other trackers such as defects or change request, this would really help make the tool more flexible and easy to use.

Installation

Refer here if you are looking for the Backlogs installation procedure for your Redmine instance.

I recommend trying out the plugin on a local Redmine setup, check out the features and play with the settings before you configure it on your production environment.

An important point to be noted here is that the latest version 0.9.35 for Backlogs is supported on a Redmine versions 2.0.4 , 2.1.6 and 2.2.1 only. For the other Redmine versions Backlogs might work after installation, however they are not supported.


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