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Pipeline descriptions enable you and your team to effectively communicate what each pipeline means on the Board. Adding a description to each pipeline ensures you can communicate what your particular workflow means within your workspace. 


By adding a description to each pipeline, team members will have a clear understanding of what Issues belong in which pipeline allowing for a clear and consistent flow of Issues across the Board.


Benefits of pipeline descriptions

Here are a few ways pipeline descriptions helps teams:

  • Provides teams with an effective way to communicate what each pipeline means within their workflow
  • Ensures there is a consistent usage of pipelines which improves Board hygiene 
  • Eliminates the need for an external tool to communicate how your team collaborates together


Creating and using pipeline descriptions

All new Workspaces that are created will have six default pipeline descriptions to match our default pipeline stages. While these default descriptions are a great starting point for any project, they should be customized and changed to suit your teams workflow:


Here's an overview of the pipeline descriptions provided:



PipelinePipeline description
New IssuesNewly created Issues land here automatically.
IceboxLow priority, un-prioritized Issues that are not immediate priorities.
BacklogUpcoming Issues that are immediate priorities. Issues here should be prioritized top-to-bottom in the pipeline.
In ProgressWhat the team is currently working on, ordered by priority.
Review Q/AIssues open to the team for review and testing. Usually this means the code is ready to be deployed pending feedback.
DoneIssues that are tested and ready to be deployed to production.


Updating new pipelines or empty pipelines

For empty pipelines with no description, a + will be show next to the i icon next to the pipeline name. You can select this to add a description to the pipeline. 


You can also select the Add description + shown in pipelines with empty states.



 It's important to communicate what type of Issues should land in pipelines when adding descriptions. Each member of the team should have a clear understanding of how Issues are supposed to flow across pipelines.


Viewing and editing pipeline descriptions

To view an existing pipeline description, hover over the i icon next to the pipeline name. This will display a tooltip with the pipeline description:



Updating existing pipelines

To edit and customize existing pipeline descriptions, select the pipeline options cog where you can choose Edit name and description. From here you will be able to edit the pipeline name and description or return the pipeline to an empty state.


Useful information on pipeline descriptions

  • If you edit a pipeline description in a multi-repo Board, the description will be the same for all connected repos as the pipelines are the same.
  • Pipeline descriptions are not mandatory, these can be deleted at anytime and returned to an empty state. However, these are a great way to communicate to your team where Issues should be placed based on your workflow and we highly encourage your team to set these up or help organize your work.


For more information, see: Adding, renaming or deleting Board pipelines

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