backlog for task management
Get more done with task management software that lets you organize, discuss, and track all work in one place.
Track every detail
Get a clear view of every task and where it stands.
Stay on top of deadlines
Use Gantt and Burndown charts to visualize progress.
Split up large parent tasks into manageable subtasks.
See who's doing what and quickly spot bottlenecks.
Drag and drop through a workflow with Kanban-style Boards.
Frequently Asked Questions
Project managers can use Backlog's powerful features in a variety of ways. From planning the project schedule on a Gantt chart to creating detailed task descriptions with all the details their team needs to be successful, Backlog is the ideal platform for teams looking to upgrade their existing workflows.
Blending visual displays such as Kanban boards and Burndown charts with detail-oriented task descriptions and resources, Backlog is the central hub for your team's work. Consolidating workflows into one platform that seamlessly pairs communication with project management brings your team closer together, helping it achieve its most ambitious goals.
- Detailed task descriptions: Project managers can add rich detail to their Backlog issues, including due dates, milestones, priority levels, attachments, task descriptions, and more.
- Parent and child issues: Complex tasks can be broken down into parent and child tasks. Child tasks can be assigned to different team members, helping split large pieces of work into smaller, more manageable tasks.
- Personal Gantt charts: Project managers can quickly determine who to assign tasks to by viewing personal Gantt charts that display everyone's current workload and deadlines.
- Comments and notifications: Teammates can work together more closely by exchanging comments on individual tasks. There's also the option to re-assign a task to a team member, which is invaluable in review processes.
- Automated issue creation: By integrating Backlog with a customer support email inbox, teams can automate task creation, ensuring support tickets and bugs are addressed in an efficient, timely manner.
- Project wikis: By creating a centralized resource hub for every project, project managers can ensure their team has all the resources they need to succeed, from developer documentation to brand guidelines. By using Backlog's Cacoo integration, project managers can even add diagrams that update in real-time.
By using all of these tools, plus even more we haven't mentioned here, teams can facilitate increased alignment when it comes to assigning tasks and ensure that everyone has a balanced workload.
The intuitive design of Backlog promotes greater transparency and accountability among teams. Everyone can view the status of different tasks and projects in real time using Backlog's visual tools to understand the status of any given task or project quickly. This prevents bottlenecks that cause project delays, ensuring everyone has the resources they need to complete their tasks on time and on specification.
Teams can add anyone to their Backlog space, from colleagues from different departments to external partners, enabling increased levels of collaboration with whoever you're working with.
Alternatively, users can create shareable URLs for individual tasks, wikis, or files hosted in Backlog. Team members can also exchange comments and send each other notifications; plus, there are integrations to popular communication tools such as Slack and Microsoft Teams that make it easy for everyone to stay on the same page.
Project milestones are established at the beginning of each project and have a fixed deadline visible to every team member. Once your milestones are set up, you can create individual tasks, map them to the relevant milestone, and then create due dates for each task that ensure your team progresses toward its goals in a linear fashion that accounts for any task dependencies.
Every time a team member is assigned a task, they receive a notification. Users can also opt-in to receive daily and weekly email reminders of their upcoming deadlines, and all current tasks are easily viewable in each user's Backlog dashboard and personal Gantt charts.
Project managers can track the progress of their projects using various tools, including Kanban boards and Burndown charts. This helps leaders identify and respond to potential bottlenecks before they cause significant delays, ensuring that project milestones are completed on schedule.
Some of Backlog's most popular integrations include:
- Cacoo: designers can use Cacoo to create user journeys, wireframes, and more and then insert them directly into Backlog comments, issues, and wikis.
- Git & SVN: Backlog comes with built-in Git and SVN repositories, making it easy for developers to manage their code in line with their project work.
- Jenkins: connecting Backlog to Jenkins allows teams to integrate new code continuously.
- LambdaTest: test new code for bugs in LambdaTest and then create tasks in your Backlog project based on the results.
- Import tools: migrate your data from tools like Jira and Redmine to Backlog in just a few clicks with our easy importer tools, or create Backlog issues in bulk with our Google Sheets template. Once you've set up Backlog, automate the creation of new tasks using our email importer.
- Communication apps: promote better communication by integrating Backlog with your team's communication app of choice. Whether that's Slack, Microsoft Teams, or Google Chat, we've got you covered.
- Cloud storage platforms: Link your files from a selection of popular cloud storage providers, including Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, and Box.
Browse a full list of Backlog integrations.
Among Backlog's most popular features are its visual project management tools. These tools, which include Kanban boards, Gantt charts, and Burndown charts, give project managers a quick visual summary of the progress of their team's projects.
Project managers can also track task progress on a more granular level. As team members complete their work, they update the task's status, making it easy for project managers to understand progress at a glance. Teams can create custom project status levels to better characterize their team's work.
Backlog also offers additional reporting tools that help project managers monitor progress and performance. These include daily and weekly email summaries of project work, plus the ability to view each team member's activity – including their code commits – in real-time.
Users can customize their Backlog theme settings, adding custom icons, colors, and header images.
Some tools allow users to customize the way they use Backlog. Teams can create custom fields for their task to better reflect the needs of their project or create custom status levels to match their team's existing workflow.
Additionally, users can create custom issue templates in Backlog. Backlog has several pre-built issue types, including tasks, bugs, and requests. Users can either edit these or create custom issue templates from scratch, using markdown formatting to ensure that team members follow a consistent structure when creating new issues.
In addition to this, Backlog also features a number of enterprise security measures. All Backlog servers are located in a secure data center with 24/7/365 surveillance and security, and all Backlog data is routinely backed up. Backlog uses HTTPS to encrypt user data with SSL.
Users looking for additional security may consider Nulab Pass – an enterprise-grade security solution that adds an extra layer of protection to your organization's Backlog and Cacoo accounts. Features include an audit log, SAML sign-on, and user provisioning.
There are a variety of different ways to customize task assignments. Users can create custom issue types for different scenarios, such as bugs, tasks, or epics. Additionally, users can create custom fields to enter in task assignments to better capture the nuances of complex, highly specialized projects. Together, these tools, plus Backlog's custom status levels, help teams tailor Backlog's task management software to their unique needs.
Task tracking processes can also be customized in Backlog. Many teams use Backlog's custom status levels to create customized Kanban boards with unique columns that better track the progress of their team's tasks. Alternatively, teams can create custom milestones tailored to each unique project and then track their team's progress toward these using Burndown charts and Gantt charts.
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