Scrum template

Sprint toward your project goals with a board, backlog, and roadmap.

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The scrum template provides your team with all the capabilities it needs to break down large, complex projects into manageable pieces of work. Perhaps best known for working in short, time boxed periods called sprints, the scrum template also empowers team to organize and prioritize all work on the backlog and board, while staying focused on the big picture via the roadmap. Learn and iterate with out-of-the-box reports.

Scrum template

Jira Software
Ideal for

• Software development teams
• Agile teams

Project types

• Team-managed
• Company-managed

Issue types
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Workflow statuses
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How to get started with the scrum template

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1. Choose your project type

Before you jump into your project, you will be prompted to choose a project type: team-managed or company-managed. Team-managed templates are setup and maintained by the individual team, and are ideal for autonomous teams who wish to control their own working processes, practices, and project settings in a self-contained way. Company-managed projects are designed for teams who want to collaborate and work with other teams across many projects in a standardized way.

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2. Build a backlog

Once you’ve landed in your scrum template, begin by filling your backlog with all your team’s work. Your team’s project roadmap and requirements are the foundation for the product backlog, which could include: user stories and bugs, design changes, experiments, technical debt, customer requests, retrospective action items, and more. Don’t forget to prioritize and regularly vet the backlog so it’s a reliable and current source of the work items for a project.

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3. Plan and start your sprint

Once you’ve built your backlog, it’s time to prioritize what work items the team will complete in its first sprint. Sprints are fixed time periods (typically two weeks) in which your team completes a set amount of work. Utilize the scrum board to visualize all the work in a given sprint. While your board may be as simple as “To do,” “In Progress,” and “Done,” you can design the workflow to mirror your team’s own unique way of working.

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4. View the roadmap for the big picture

Now that work is humming along, use the native roadmap feature in your scrum template to see the big picture, track dependencies, and easily adjust priorities. The integrated roadmap allows your team to plan and track how you’re making progress across multiple projects and exposes dependencies early so you can stay one step ahead when you’re making plans. The roadmap also makes it easy to communicate the status of your team’s work to your stakeholders.

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5. Improve and iterate with agile reports

Improve delivery and performance with data your team can learn from sprint over sprint. Out-of-the-box reports, including the sprint report, burndown chart, release burndown, and velocity chart, enable teams to make data-driven decisions and deliver value to customers faster. Bring all your important data points into a single view with dashboards in Jira. 

Additional resources

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Guides and articles

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