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Create and manage sprints

A sprint represents a set period of time during which selected tasks are scheduled for the team to complete. The duration of a sprint is typically short (e.g. 2 weeks) to ensure the allocated workload is split into manageable chunks of work.

To create and manage sprints, first open a Doodle. Click on the task management icon, resembling a grid, located in the panel at the top of the screen.

Screenshot shows the agile task manager icon

This will open your task board. Learn more about the task board here.

Create a sprint

To create a new sprint, click on the sprint icon, resembling a sprinter and a plus sign, located at the top of the backlog, next to the settings icon.

Screenshot highlighting the icon for creating a new sprint for project management

A new window will appear, where you can input the details of the sprint.

Screenshot shows the 'Create Sprint' screen

Sprint title

To change the title of the sprint, highlight the default text and start typing.

Start and end dates

Click on the default start date to reveal the calendar picker and select a new date. Repeat the process for the end date.

Please note

Sprints take place for a duration of time. You must choose a start and end date for your sprint.

Max work per sprint

You can choose to set a maximum amount of work per sprint if you wish.

For example, if your sprint covers the duration of one week, you may know the maximum number of hours your team can complete in one week.

Improve accuracy

Setting the maximum amount of work per sprint will ensure that the sprint only contains the amount of tasks that can realistically be completed.

To provide a maximum work unit, either type a number into the box or use the arrows to increase or decrease the number until you reach the correct value.

Active sprint

When you create a sprint, you can choose whether it is an active sprint or a non-active sprint (which could be a future sprint).

Click the box with the green border beside ‘Active Sprint’ so that it becomes a filled green box.

Screenshot shows Active Sprint has been clicked

Once you have created the sprint, you’ll see that active sprints are green but non-active sprints are blue.

Screenshot demonstrates colour change for active or non-active sprints

Once you have completed all fields, click the green ‘Create’ button.

Screenshot shows the 'Create' button for creating a new sprint

The new sprint will be added to your task board. Multiple sprints are displayed in chronological order based on the start and end dates chosen.

Edit a sprint

When you first open your task board, a default sprint will already be set up.

To edit a sprint, use your mouse to hover over the sprint heading panel. This will reveal the icon panel. Click on the edit icon, resembling a pencil.

Screenshot highlights how to edit a sprint

You can update the sprint using the same options as creating a new sprint, including:

  • A sprint title
  • Start and end times
  • Max work per sprint
  • Active sprint

The start and end times of your sprint, as well as time estimates showing the amount of work remaining, will be visible on the left hand side of your sprint.

Manage sprints

There are some simple way to update the view of your sprints, or clean up your task board by deleting or archiving old sprints.

Order tasks

You can update the order of tasks in a sprint by clicking on the arrows button on the left-hand side of the sprint.

Screenshot highlights the arrows to use for order tasks in a work sprint

Four options will be available for you to order the tasks in your sprint:

  • Priority
  • Oldest
  • Newest
  • Custom
Screenshot shows options for ordering tasks in a sprint, including 'priority', 'newest', 'oldest' and 'custom'

Click on the option you require.

Minimise sprint

You can minimise a sprint to hide the tasks by clicking on the sprint heading panel.

When you have minimised a sprint, you will only see the date of the sprint and task time remaining if you hover over the sprint with your mouse.

You can reveal all tasks again later by clicking on the sprint heading panel again.

Burndown charts


Burndown charts provide a graphical representation of how much work is outstanding before all tasks in a sprint are completed, versus the time remaining.

To see the burndown chart for a sprint, use your mouse to hover over the sprint heading panel. This will reveal the icon panel. Click on the burndown chart icon, resembling an arrow pointing diagonally towards the end of a graph axis.

Screenshot demonstrates how to access burndown charts

You will be taken to a new screen with an interactive chart showing you the ideal trajectory of tasks being completed against the real progress.

Screenshot shows an example of a burndown chart based on a work sprint in the task board

Use your mouse to click and drag the chart to interact with it.


For more graphical data, click on the ‘Workload’ tab to see the workload for each team member.

Screenshot highlights 'Workload' tab after you click on Burndown charts from a sprint in the task board

You will see a visual representation of project progress with the task estimates versus how much is remaining.

Screenshot shows an example of workload for four team members in a sprint

If any team member has tasks without time estimates, this information will be visible at the bottom of the page.

Screenshot shows team members have tasks assigned to them that do not have time estimates

Archive sprint

You can archive a sprint that has passed. Archiving keeps a record of your sprint, whilst keeping your agile board organised and up to date.

To archive a sprint, use your mouse to hover over the sprint heading panel. This will reveal the icon panel. Click on the archive icon, resembling an orange box.

Screenshot demonstrates how to archive a sprint

When you archive a sprint, any tasks that are incomplete will be sent to the backlog to be reassigned.

When you have archived sprints, you can access them again by using the archived sprints icon, resembling a box with a small magnifying glass, located at the top of the backlog.

Screenshot shows how to access archived sprints

The archived sprints will appear at the top of your task board appearing grey to signify that they remain archived.

To take them out of the archive and make the sprints active again, use the archive icon again. It will have a red cross icon in the corner when to signify the sprints are still archived.

When the sprint is active again, the header will turn green.

Delete sprint

To delete an unwanted sprint, use your mouse to hover over the sprint heading panel. This will reveal the icon panel. Click on the red delete icon, resembling a trash can.

Screenshot demonstrates how to delete a sprint

You will be prompted to confirm you want to delete the sprint with a pop-up. To delete the sprint, click ‘Yes’. If you have changed your mind, click ‘No’.

Please be aware that you cannot recover a delete sprint. Only delete a sprint if you’re confident you don’t need it.

To continue, read about managing tasks.

Updated on February 25, 2019

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