Get started with Agile tools to plan and track work

Last Update: 7/14/2017

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Agile tools support the core Agile methods—Scrum and Kanban—used by software development teams today. Scrum tools support defining and managing work within sprints, setting capacity, and tracking tasks. Kanban tools allow you to manage a continuous flow of work via an interactive sign board.


Working from the web portal, you have several backlogs and boards available to support planning and tracking work. For an overview of the features supported on each backlog and board, see Backlogs, boards, and plans.

You access all Agile tools from the Work hub. If you're new to Agile, see What is Agile? for an overview.

Work hub, product backlog page


The images you see from your web portal may differ from the images you see in this topic. These differences result from updates made to Team Services or your on-premises TFS, options that you or your admin have enabled, and which process was chosen when creating your team project—Agile, Scrum, or CMMI. However, the basic functionality available to you remains the same unless explicitly mentioned.

Work items are denoted with icons for Team Services and TFS 2017.2 and later versions. For an overview of changes in the navigation experience and working within the user and administration contexts, see Work in the web portal.

Agile project management basics

You build your project plan by creating a backlog of work items that represent the features, requirements, user stories, or other work to perform. Different types of work items help you track different types of work, such as user stories, tasks, bugs, issues, and more.

Define storiesOrganize backlogManage bugsManage issues

Scrum method and tools

The Scrum method uses sprints to plan work to perform by a team within a specific time period and cadence. To get started, several sprints are predefined for your team. If you're new to Scrum, get an overview from What is Scrum?.

Schedule sprintsPlan a sprintMonitor sprint progressForecast

Kanban method and tools

Kanban uses a visual interactive board to plan and show progress using cards. Your Kanban board is fully customizable to support the workflow used by your team.

Configure Kanban boardUpdate the Kanban boardMonitor progress

You update the status of work by dragging card to another column on the Kanban board. You can even change the order of items as you move a card to a new column.

Reorder cards while changing columns

Try this next

Once you've started tracking work, you'll want to monitor and track progress, identify trends, and share your plans. See Get started monitoring progress and trends with Agile tools.

Take these tools for a test run by creating an account on Team Services for free.

Additional resources

To delve deeper into the features available to you to track work and other tools to support planning efforts, see these additional resources: