Backlog Configuration

Last Update: 5/1/2017

Team Services

api-version = 3.0-preview.1

If you haven't already, look at the information on getting started with these APIs.

There are three classes of backlogs:

  1. Portfolio backlogs that track high-level features, scenarios, or epics.
  2. A product or requirement backlog that contains a prioritized list of user stories, deliverables, or work you plan to build or fix.
  3. An iteration or sprint backlog that each team is working on during a scheduled sprint.

The hierarchy of work items follows the order above. Work item types on the portfolio levels (e.g. Scenarios) are at the top and work item types on the iteration backlog are on the bottom (e.g. Tasks). For more information on backlogs, see Backlogs, boards, and plans.

Get a project's backlog configuration

GET https://{instance}/DefaultCollection/{project}/_apis/Work/BacklogConfiguration?api-version={version}
Setting Name Description
taskBacklog Specifies the work item types for iteration or sprint backlog.
requirementBacklog Specifies the work item types for requirement backlog.
portfolioBacklogs Specifies the work item types for portfolio backlogs.
addPanelFields These are the fields that appear in the add work item experience on the backlog.
columnFields These are the fields that appear as columns on the backlog.
workItemCountLimit The maximum number of work items that can be on a backlog level.
rank Rank refers to the backlog level's order in the work item type hierarchy. A lower rank means it is a lower level backlog.
workItemTypeMappedStates Gives the state category mapping for the states of each work item type.
backlogFields Specifies a collection of typeFields, which are abstractions of customizable fields. For example, the type of the "Story points" field is "Effort". For a complete index of these fields see Process Configuration XML element reference.

Sample request

GET https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/Fabrikam-Fiber/_apis/work/backlogconfiguration?api-version=2.0-preview.1

Sample response

Status code: 200
{
  "taskBacklog": {
    "id": "Microsoft.TaskCategory",
    "name": "Tasks",
    "rank": 1,
    "workItemCountLimit": 1000,
    "addPanelFields": [
      {
        "referenceName": "System.Title",
        "name": "Title",
        "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/_apis/wit/fields"
      }
    ],
    "columnFields": [
      {
        "columnFieldReference": {
          "referenceName": "System.Title",
          "name": "Title",
          "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/_apis/wit/fields"
        },
        "width": 400
      },
      {
        "columnFieldReference": {
          "referenceName": "System.State",
          "name": "State",
          "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/_apis/wit/fields"
        },
        "width": 100
      },
      {
        "columnFieldReference": {
          "referenceName": "System.AssignedTo",
          "name": "Assigned To",
          "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/_apis/wit/fields"
        },
        "width": 100
      },
      {
        "columnFieldReference": {
          "referenceName": "Microsoft.VSTS.Scheduling.RemainingWork",
          "name": "Remaining Work",
          "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/_apis/wit/fields"
        },
        "width": 50
      }
    ],
    "workItemTypes": [
      {
        "name": "Task",
        "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/c3b6da71-2b4a-497b-9137-ba8695203871/_apis/wit/workItemTypes/Task"
      }
    ],
    "defaultWorkItemType": {
      "name": "Task",
      "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/c3b6da71-2b4a-497b-9137-ba8695203871/_apis/wit/workItemTypes/Task"
    },
    "color": "F2CB1D"
  },
  "requirementBacklog": {
    "id": "Microsoft.RequirementCategory",
    "name": "Stories",
    "rank": 2,
    "workItemCountLimit": 1000,
    "addPanelFields": [
      {
        "referenceName": "System.Title",
        "name": "Title",
        "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/_apis/wit/fields"
      }
    ],
    "columnFields": [
      {
        "columnFieldReference": {
          "referenceName": "System.WorkItemType",
          "name": "Work Item Type",
          "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/_apis/wit/fields"
        },
        "width": 100
      },
      {
        "columnFieldReference": {
          "referenceName": "System.Title",
          "name": "Title",
          "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/_apis/wit/fields"
        },
        "width": 400
      },
      {
        "columnFieldReference": {
          "referenceName": "System.State",
          "name": "State",
          "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/_apis/wit/fields"
        },
        "width": 100
      },
      {
        "columnFieldReference": {
          "referenceName": "Microsoft.VSTS.Scheduling.StoryPoints",
          "name": "Story Points",
          "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/_apis/wit/fields"
        },
        "width": 50
      },
      {
        "columnFieldReference": {
          "referenceName": "Microsoft.VSTS.Common.ValueArea",
          "name": "Value Area",
          "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/_apis/wit/fields"
        },
        "width": 100
      },
      {
        "columnFieldReference": {
          "referenceName": "System.IterationPath",
          "name": "Iteration Path",
          "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/_apis/wit/fields"
        },
        "width": 200
      },
      {
        "columnFieldReference": {
          "referenceName": "System.Tags",
          "name": "Tags",
          "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/_apis/wit/fields"
        },
        "width": 200
      }
    ],
    "workItemTypes": [
      {
        "name": "Ticket",
        "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/c3b6da71-2b4a-497b-9137-ba8695203871/_apis/wit/workItemTypes/Ticket"
      },
      {
        "name": "User Story",
        "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/c3b6da71-2b4a-497b-9137-ba8695203871/_apis/wit/workItemTypes/User%20Story"
      }
    ],
    "defaultWorkItemType": {
      "name": "User Story",
      "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/c3b6da71-2b4a-497b-9137-ba8695203871/_apis/wit/workItemTypes/User%20Story"
    },
    "color": "009CCC"
  },
  "portfolioBacklogs": [
    {
      "id": "Microsoft.EpicCategory",
      "name": "My level",
      "rank": 4,
      "workItemCountLimit": 1000,
      "addPanelFields": [
        {
          "referenceName": "System.Title",
          "name": "Title",
          "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/_apis/wit/fields"
        }
      ],
      "columnFields": [
        {
          "columnFieldReference": {
            "referenceName": "System.WorkItemType",
            "name": "Work Item Type",
            "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/_apis/wit/fields"
          },
          "width": 100
        },
        {
          "columnFieldReference": {
            "referenceName": "System.Title",
            "name": "Title",
            "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/_apis/wit/fields"
          },
          "width": 400
        },
        {
          "columnFieldReference": {
            "referenceName": "System.State",
            "name": "State",
            "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/_apis/wit/fields"
          },
          "width": 100
        },
        {
          "columnFieldReference": {
            "referenceName": "Microsoft.VSTS.Scheduling.Effort",
            "name": "Effort",
            "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/_apis/wit/fields"
          },
          "width": 50
        },
        {
          "columnFieldReference": {
            "referenceName": "Microsoft.VSTS.Common.BusinessValue",
            "name": "Business Value",
            "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/_apis/wit/fields"
          },
          "width": 50
        },
        {
          "columnFieldReference": {
            "referenceName": "Microsoft.VSTS.Common.ValueArea",
            "name": "Value Area",
            "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/_apis/wit/fields"
          },
          "width": 100
        },
        {
          "columnFieldReference": {
            "referenceName": "System.Tags",
            "name": "Tags",
            "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/_apis/wit/fields"
          },
          "width": 200
        }
      ],
      "workItemTypes": [
        {
          "name": "Epic",
          "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/c3b6da71-2b4a-497b-9137-ba8695203871/_apis/wit/workItemTypes/Epic"
        }
      ],
      "defaultWorkItemType": {
        "name": "Epic",
        "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/c3b6da71-2b4a-497b-9137-ba8695203871/_apis/wit/workItemTypes/Epic"
      },
      "color": "60af49"
    },
    {
      "id": "Microsoft.FeatureCategory",
      "name": "Features",
      "rank": 3,
      "workItemCountLimit": 1000,
      "addPanelFields": [
        {
          "referenceName": "System.Title",
          "name": "Title",
          "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/_apis/wit/fields"
        }
      ],
      "columnFields": [
        {
          "columnFieldReference": {
            "referenceName": "System.WorkItemType",
            "name": "Work Item Type",
            "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/_apis/wit/fields"
          },
          "width": 100
        },
        {
          "columnFieldReference": {
            "referenceName": "System.Title",
            "name": "Title",
            "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/_apis/wit/fields"
          },
          "width": 400
        },
        {
          "columnFieldReference": {
            "referenceName": "System.State",
            "name": "State",
            "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/_apis/wit/fields"
          },
          "width": 100
        },
        {
          "columnFieldReference": {
            "referenceName": "Microsoft.VSTS.Scheduling.Effort",
            "name": "Effort",
            "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/_apis/wit/fields"
          },
          "width": 50
        },
        {
          "columnFieldReference": {
            "referenceName": "Microsoft.VSTS.Common.BusinessValue",
            "name": "Business Value",
            "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/_apis/wit/fields"
          },
          "width": 50
        },
        {
          "columnFieldReference": {
            "referenceName": "Microsoft.VSTS.Common.ValueArea",
            "name": "Value Area",
            "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/_apis/wit/fields"
          },
          "width": 100
        },
        {
          "columnFieldReference": {
            "referenceName": "System.Tags",
            "name": "Tags",
            "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/_apis/wit/fields"
          },
          "width": 200
        }
      ],
      "workItemTypes": [
        {
          "name": "Feature",
          "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/c3b6da71-2b4a-497b-9137-ba8695203871/_apis/wit/workItemTypes/Feature"
        }
      ],
      "defaultWorkItemType": {
        "name": "Feature",
        "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/c3b6da71-2b4a-497b-9137-ba8695203871/_apis/wit/workItemTypes/Feature"
      },
      "color": "773B93"
    }
  ],
  "workItemTypeMappedStates": [
    {
      "workItemTypeName": "User Story",
      "states": {
        "New": "Proposed",
        "Active": "InProgress",
        "Resolved": "InProgress",
        "In Progress": "InProgress",
        "Closed": "Completed"
      }
    },
    {
      "workItemTypeName": "Ticket",
      "states": {
        "New": "Proposed",
        "Active": "InProgress",
        "Closed": "Completed"
      }
    },
    {
      "workItemTypeName": "Feature",
      "states": {
        "New": "Proposed",
        "Active": "InProgress",
        "Resolved": "InProgress",
        "Closed": "Completed"
      }
    },
    {
      "workItemTypeName": "Epic",
      "states": {
        "New": "Proposed",
        "Active": "InProgress",
        "Closed": "Completed"
      }
    },
    {
      "workItemTypeName": "Task",
      "states": {
        "New": "Proposed",
        "Active": "InProgress",
        "Closed": "Completed"
      }
    },
    {
      "workItemTypeName": "Bug",
      "states": {
        "Proposed": "Proposed",
        "Testing": "InProgress",
        "Resolved": "Resolved",
        "Closed": "Completed"
      }
    }
  ],
  "backlogFields": {
    "typeFields": {
      "Order": "Microsoft.VSTS.Common.StackRank",
      "Effort": "Microsoft.VSTS.Scheduling.StoryPoints",
      "RemainingWork": "Microsoft.VSTS.Scheduling.RemainingWork",
      "Activity": "Microsoft.VSTS.Common.Activity"
    }
  },
  "bugsBehavior": "asTasks",
  "hiddenBacklogs": [
    "Microsoft.EpicCategory"
  ],
  "url": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/c3b6da71-2b4a-497b-9137-ba8695203871/_apis/work/backlogconfiguration"
}