How to mark tasks and items as completed

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  • Updated 5 years ago
A few people have asked how to mark tasks and backlog items as completed in Banana Scrum. The rule is extremely simple:

1) A task is marked as completed (checked off and displayed in gray) when the number of hours remaining falls to zero.

2) A backlog item is marked as completed when there is at least one task for it, and all the tasks are completed.

We decided not to implement a dedicated "completed" button, as we believe that tasks should cover all there is to complete the user story (and you can always add more tasks if needed) and obviously it wouldn't make sense to have completed items with unfinished tasks remaining.
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Adam Byrtek

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The team is all located together with the exception of the product owner, who is on site regularly. We'll use a web-based tool for the product backlog, but tasks are only on the board. We'd like to mark user stories as complete without entering tasks, since they (and the sprint burndown) are only on the board.
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I lost 30 minutes looking for how to close a task and I was resigning with Bananascrum. I gave a last chance by looking in this forum.
If you don't put a completed task button and people already asked the question, it could mean that you need some hint in the screen where people are looking for the "complete task button".
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henryk.blum

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Exactly, I don't like the way your did it in Banana Scrum. Any way it depend on developers and Scrum Master to make up decision which task is COMPLETED (not to some program) .
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Thank you for your feedback! Now we are aware of the fact that it is not as intuitive for everybody as for us, and we will try to address this somehow in one of the future releases.
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(btw you mark an item complete by marking all the tasks complete - and this is achieved by changing their estimate to 0)
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henryk.blum

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RIDICULOUS! Guys I haven't seen that in any program- PLEASE change it and add complete button
Actually there is missing all board , where you could arrange tasks as:
To Do, In Progress, Ready To test, Completed/Done
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Just one more user who feels a "completed" button or status would make his life complete. :)
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Lior Amar

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I don't know about the rest of you but our time estimates tend to be "ESTIMATES" which some time go over and some time take less time. It seems intuitive to be able to hit a Complete button (which in turn would just set the time to 0).

Consider me another user that thinks a complete button makes sense. Seems like a natural step and I don't know about the rest of you but I look forward to striking off items from my list.
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I also would like a completed button.

Something I do not understand: if I set the estimate of a task to zero, then I lose all information I had on how long I THOUGHT it was going to take. I'd really like to be able to tell how long I thought it would take versus how long it actually took.
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I do not feel the completed button is needed at all if you use Bananascrum for both the user stories / features and tasks. The team members simply update the remaining time of a given task to zero and that closes the task. The story points are earned when all the tasks of a story are closed. Simple, and I like it that way.
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Pasi, thanks for your supportive feedback. We also like it this way, because we feel task estimates should be updated daily anyway and that is how we practice Scrum. However, from a purely functional point of view there should be a simpler way of "zeroing" a task - and we'll think of one.
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totally understand having a story marked as incomplete until all the tasks are completed if there are tasks for a story -- it's just not obvious to first time users that there is a dependency for stories to have to have tasks and for marking the remaining hours to zero to "complete" a task -- perhaps having a complete button on the tasks and the story would be helpful to folks, even if it's not strictly appropriate use of the methodology and messes up the charts and reports
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btw, this is a great planning program and awesome that it's free and online -- a couple of other features that would be really helpful would be:
* a way to show status of sprints on the Sprints List - perhaps # of uncompleted stories and/or hours remaining
* an ability to archive stories and sprints once they are complete (so they are not on the backlog or sprints list) -- would make it easier to see active stuff without losing history
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Raul,

We will develop a simple way to close an item and not to have tasks in future. At the moment we are focused on the other subject.

When it comes to finished stories we have developed something way cooler than that. We call this the Timeline view - it shows the whole project history on the single page with the pasts and ongoing sprints and the product backlog. There are also some key project and team statistics as well as the charts. The product owner can use a widget, we call it the planning markers, to divide the backlog into future sprints. There is also and velocity widget which distributes the planning markers on the backlog for the given team velocity. This screen will become available along with some other features in the next big release on the beginning of March.

Best regards,
Marek Kowalski
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That is cooler. Really looking forward to seeing the Timeline view. Well done!
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For me it does not make sense. I'd like to be able to mark a task to completed and record how much time I spent on it. It is a important data for future similar tasks.
As it is not implemented, I had to figure out another way to keep track of these data. Now, I'm adding the the task's estimated time, task's started time and task's finished time in the task's title. It isn't the best solution but it is what fits with my needs.
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Marking tasks as completed with one click comes with the 2.0 release that will be out before the end of the week. This major release will also include a history screen for backlog items that will also show history of estimate changes on tasks. However it will not automatically record time spent on a task, since we have no way of knowing that at present.
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As you know Adam's answer is no longer correct - now you can close tasks with just one mouse click.