How to set up scrum charts properly

Out of the box Asana doesn’t support SCRUM projects. However, with a few workarounds we have developed a way for you to track your Asana projects using SCRUM.

How it works

In order to track a SCRUM project we need a few elements:

  • Sections
  • Sprint length

You can set these on the SCRUM settings page of any project in AgileCharts.


A section is what Asana calls a column in your project. For each project you set which sections in your Asana project relate to the stages of a SCRUM project.

We recommend the following sections for the different stages of a task in a SCRUM project:

  • Icebox/Ideas: This is a section for any tasks that aren’t yet ready to go in the backlog. We don’t use any idea/icebox columns in our settings but recommend having them in your project.
  • Project backlog: This stage should include sections with any tasks that are in-scope but not the current sprint
  • Sprint backlog: This stage should include sections the un-started tasks of the current sprint only
  • Sprint doing: This stage should include tasks that are in progress, such as doing, ready to test or blocked sections
  • Sprint done: This stage should include sections with any done tasks from the current or previous sprints

Note: You can have multiple sections for the above headings, in settings you can add as many sections as you like to each stage.

Simple example

This is the simplest example of how you can set-up your project.

Section nameStage in SCRUM settings
BacklogProject backlog
Sprint backlogSprint backlog
DoingSprint doing
DoneSprint done

Software development example

Section nameStage in SCRUM settings
Icebox, Ideasn/a
Project backlogProject backlog
Sprint backlogSprint backlog
Doing, Ready to test, BlockedSprint doing
DoneSprint done

Once set we track the movement of your tasks through these sections to generate sprint burndown charts, project burnup and sprint velocity.

Sprint length

We currently support sprints of 1-4 weeks. You are able to set the sprint start date and sprint length in the settings.

We will assume that all sprints have been of the same length and that the following sprints are of the same length. If you need custom sprint lengths please click here.

Starting a sprint

There is nothing special you need to do to start a sprint. For the first day of the sprint i.e. first 24 hours you can add/remove any stories from the sprint backlog and it will have no impact on any of your SCRUM charts.

After that any changes will show as increased/decreased scope on your burn up.

Ending a sprint

For the last day of your sprint you need to make sure that you have updated all the tasks that are done into your selected sprint done columns before the sprint end date/time.

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