Working with the Backlog List

The Backlog List is populated with work items based on backlog feeds added to your backlog view.

A single work item can be added to multiple backlogs. This enables you to create a hierarchy of backlogs, such as a team backlog, a release backlog, and a product backlog. A single work item may be accepted into each backlog, with different priorities and time frames depending on backlog needs.

Use the Backlog List to:

Change history records are added to each work item that is accepted, removed, or reprioritized in a backlog.

Note that you can resize the columns in the backlog list as necessary. To revert size changes, select Reset Backlog List Layout from the Actions drop-down list.

Use the search option to find specific items by ID, Title, or Description in the Accepted and Candidates lists.

Accepting Items Into a Backlog

Initially, work items in a backlog are shown in the Candidates area of the Backlog List.

Backlog owners and co-owners can move items to the Accepted area of the list.

To accept all items into a backlog, click the Accept All button.
Note: If you select more than 100 items into a backlog at one time, you are warned that the operation could take time. You can continue to work with the backlog while items are being accepted, but the list may not display as expected. For best results, refresh the list when the operation is completed.
To accept individual items, drag them from the Candidates area into the Accepted area, or click the pound sign (#) in the first column, and then do one of the following:
  • Click Accept to Top.
  • Click Accept to End.
  • Provide a priority number to insert the work item at a specific location, and the click Apply.


To remove items from the Accepted list, drag them back to the Candidates list.

Prioritizing Items in a Backlog

Backlog owners, co-owners, and collaborators can prioritize items in a backlog.

Use one of these methods to prioritize backlog items:
  • Drag and drop items in the list to reorder them.
  • Click the item's number in the first column, and then do one of the following:
    • Click the arrows to move the item to the new location in the list.
    • Provide a new priority number to insert the work item at a specific location, and then click Apply.


Sorting and Filtering Backlog Items

To sort items, click the column headers in the Accepted list. By default, sorting applies to items in the Accepted and Candidates lists. To sort the lists independently, click the Filter and Sort drop-down box, and then select the Sort Accepted and Candidates Independently check box.

To filter items in the lists, click the Filter And Sort drop-down box. You can filter the candidates and accepted lists by application, project, state, team, owner, work status, or feed. Click Reset All to remove all current filters.


Any applied filters are preserved when you close the view. The currently applied filters are listed to the right of the Reset All button.

You can also use the Show menu to display all items in the list or to limit the list to Accepted or Candidates.

Removing Invalid Items From a Backlog

At times, work items that have been accepted into a backlog may no longer meet backlog feed criteria. This typically happens if a feed is removed from a view or if the backlog feed criteria is changed.

Estimates provided for invalid work items continue to be calculated for progress reports until you remove the work items from the backlog.

Invalid work items in the backlog list are indicated by a red flag. Click the flag, and then select Remove to remove it from the backlog. Estimates are automatically adjusted for removed work items.

Handling Deleted Items

Accepted items that are deleted from the system remain in the Accepted list as an indicator that an item in the backlog was deleted. Estimates and actuals are not included in backlog calculations, however.

Deleted items are only shown when no filter is applied to the list or the list is filtered by the Deleted work status.

To remove the item from the Accepted list, click the item's number, and then click Remove.