What do the fields mean in the backlog list?

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hoping to have a little more explination of the fields in the back log list.
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The backlog list is used to store all of the user stories.

The fields used by 21Scrum are:

Simple title field that is used to allow for easy viewing via standard SharePoint list views. The title is not displayed in the sprint planning or story board views as these show the story description.

The user story, normally written in the format:

as a role
I want to activity
so that reason

We are thinkabout improving the way users write this information to make this a default format and make the entry easier.

This is a choice field and is fixed to the four status used in the Story Board when a story is moved

  1. Not Started:the default value

  2. In Progress: when the story is being worked on

  3. Verify: when the work is done but it needs to be verified by Product Owner

  4. Done: When the story is Done! No more work is needed, the burndown is updated to refect this

The estimate defaults to Null - it has not been estimated by the team. The numbering format you use is down to the team.
Some use T-Shirt sizing ( 1 = small, 2 = medium, 3 = large)
Others fibbonaci (1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13)
The approach you take is down to you.

Which sprint the story is in, a null value means this is in the backlog and not planned. Using the Sprint Planning page you can plan stories for the upcoming sprint - if you need to plan further forward just set the values needed in this column and they will be included when you get to that sprint.

The notes field is like the back of the story card, here you write information about the tests needed, any assumptions made or just notes on how to do the work. There is no structure as this is meant to be flexible to work the way you work.

The Created by and Modified by are standard SharePoint list columns. These will show you information about who created the story and who the last person to modify the story was.

You can if you wish add new columns to the list to provide additional information if this helps you filter and sort your backlog. You could turn on versioning if you felt this was needed, and you could provide some workflow on the list to help automate other parts of the process - the benefit of SharePoint is you have the power to work the way you want.