ClickUp for software development

Bring your developers into one Workspace with everything they need to get the job done. In this doc, we'll bridge the gap between development teams and organize all of your company's workflows. ClickUp even lets non-technical teams connect and work in the same platform!

Start with the Hierarchy

ClickUp's unique organizational structure ensures that each of your tasks will have a clear sense of purpose. Given that software development processes can be prone to unexpected changes, it's critical that your entire Workspace understands how tasks stack up within your overall workflow.


Start by creating a Workspace for your company or organization. This will act as the overarching container for your ClickUp Spaces, Folders, Lists, and tasks.


Add a Space called Development to house your entire software development process. If you're using ClickUp to run a business, you may consider adding other Spaces within your Workspace for the different departments within your company.

Spaces can be made private as well if you'd like to determine which users have access to view certain Folders.


Use Folders to contain the different elements of your software development process. For instance, you could have projects titled Sprints, QA, and Operations.


Lists stand alone or exist in Folders, but this is where your tasks live. It's a List of tasks. For example, you can add a List to manage your backlog items within a larger Folder. 

Have a Workspace admin or owner enable the Tasks and Subtasks in Multiple Lists ClickApps so your tasks can live in both their home List and relevant Sprint Lists.


Tasks represent the concrete action items you'll need to complete to check off your Lists. This is where you can get down to the nitty-gritty details and start implementing your ideas!

Manage Sprints with the Sprints ClickApp

Software teams use the Sprints ClickApp to easily manage resources for development projects.

Set Sprint Dates, mark Statuses, see Spillover Tasks, and use Total Estimation to view your total work at the top of each Sprint. Your Dashboards will automatically pull Sprint information in real-time so you can easily measure how well you scoped out your work.

Once enabled, you can use the Sprints ClickApp for:

  • Sprint dates: Set start and end dates for each Sprint.

  • Sprint statuses: See the status of your Sprints at a glance with colored icons and dates.

  • Spillover tasks: Any tasks not marked Closed when your Sprint ends are considered Spillover Tasks to be completed in the next Sprint.

  • Total estimation: The total amount of work you have in your Sprint is summarized at the top of your Sprint. You configure what estimation method is used on the Sprint Settings.

  • Sprint Automations: Save time by automatically creating Sprints, marking completed Sprints, and pulling unfinished tasks into your next Sprint with Sprint Automations.

Tracking Sprint please progress in Dashboards

Customize how and what data you want to see with Sprint cards. Build a Dashboard per team or create a master Dashboard pulling key data from your entire team.

We include many of the core report types used in agile methodology, including:

  • Burn Downs: This chart measures your rate of completion against a target line to help visually see your pace.

  • Burn Ups: This chart gives you a clearer view of work completed against the backlog of work and easily see changes in scope.

  • Cumulative Flow: This chart allows you to see your tasks move through statuses and identify bottlenecks.

  • Velocity: Gauge the average completion of work per sprint, helping you better estimate for future sprints.

Screenshot of the Velocity card.

Important: You will need an Unlimited Plan to access Dashboards, and a Business Plan to have access to custom graphs and velocity chart.

Show Sprint Points in Team view

Display workload by Sprint Points in Team view and measure individual progress:

Screenshot of workload shown in Team view.

With the Workload chart, you can even visualize your Workspace's workload based on Sprint Points on the left side of your Team view (Business Plan only):

Screenshot of Team view.

ClickApps and other features for developers

Custom statuses for projects: Certain scenarios require that projects have different statuses than their parent Spaces. ClickUp makes it easy to create reliable custom status workflows for each project within your Space!

Custom Fields: Add a unique task ID to keep track of scrum points, or really anything else you can imagine.

Dependencies: This feature allows all teammates to stay on track and understand which tasks are waiting on or blocking others.

Time Tracking: ClickUp offers plenty of time tracking options to help you meet your goals, including external integrations and native time tracking in-app or via our Chrome extension.

Time estimates: This feature enables you to provide better predictability for List and project completion times. Time estimates are a ClickApp, meaning you can turn them on or off at the Space level.

Board view: This view allows the user to have a more day-to-day view of a Folder’s progress, helpful for scrum masters particularly as well as product owners. In addition, this view is essentially a Kanban board.

Git Integration: Just include your task ID in a title, and ClickUp will automatically associate the commit with a task! We integrate with Github, Gitlab, and Bitbucket.

Tasks in Multiple Lists: Keep track of your individual backlogs and add tasks to specific Sprints for better organization and reporting.

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