What Is It?
Backlog Order allows you to carry your Iteration Planner context over to the filter view in Manuscript. More specifically, it lets you see how you ordered your cases in each milestone. While Iteration Planner is a great way to organize your backlog and next milestone, filter views can let you cast a wider net across all of your cases during an iteration. Now, that net can include how you’ve ordered cases in the Iteration Planner!
A “Backlog Order” column is available under the “Select Column” menu in the filter view. Ordering by this column will also add a sort by Milestone so the “Backlog Order” column has the appropriate context. If you find that cases don’t have an order number yet they may not have been manipulated in the Iteration Planner. It’s a great way to find cases that could use some attention.
Want to reorder the cases? Just click on the the backlog order number for the case in question, and change it as necessary in the popup that appears.
When viewing a case that has a backlog order set, its backlog order number is displayed in the left-hand column. The cases before and after it are also shown. This provides some context as to where the case exists and what cases exist around it. If you’d like to see a wider range of the backlog, you can search for cases using the Backlog search axis. Now you know whose case was prioritized higher than yours, and can plan your revenge accordingly.
You can even change the case’s backlog order right from the case page view. To do so, start editing the case — the Backlog Order field can now be edited directly, including removing it from ordering.
While backlog order applies to any milestone in Iteration Planner, what if you have a milestone that’s a true case-catching backlog? An option exists on the Milestone page for just such a thing. In addition to the rest of the backlog order features, any cases whose order number has been set in the planner will have that number displayed on the Iteration Planner. Need to move a case quickly? Click on the backlog order number and set its new order number. Promote a case right to the top, or send it straight to the bottom. You could also move it to a set slot, like 8. To enable this option for a milestone, go to the Projects page and edit the project containing the milestone (or any project for a global milestone). Now edit the milestone and set switch the “backlog” radio button to “yes”.