Prioritizing User Stories is the essence of Backlog. Yodiz offers two types of priorities; star priority and number priority. You can use both priorities at the same time. Star Priority is although optional and can be changed in Project settings.

Star Priority

Yodiz offers star priority of items in order to maintain the focus of your Backlog Items. Star priority has 6 rankings which are explained below:

  • 5 Stars: Business Critical
  • 4 Stars: High Priority
  • 3 Stars: Important
  • 2 Stars: Low Priority
  • 1 Star: Nice To Have
  • No Star: No Priority

Tip: You can also customize your User Story priority name. For example change “Business Critical” to “Must Have”.

Go to navigation menu Settings Icon > Administration > Configuration > Manage Priority Labels.

You can prioritize the most important Items using the star priority. The Items with highest star priority are shown at the top. Also, drag and drop functionality can be used to change position and priority of Items. When you drop any Item, its priority will be updated as per the priority of Item right above it. If Item is dropped at the top, its will be assigned a 5 star priority automatically. Clicking on “-” sign beside stars, disables star priority option only for that item.

Note: Star priority can also be disabled from the Backlog settings. In order to do so go to Backlog >Right Navigation Panel > Backlog Settings > Priority Settings.

In settings, select number of yellow stars, to define the default star priority of a new user story. Unchecking Use Priority option will disable the star priority option from Project User Stories and it disappears from Backlog board as well.

Number Priority

This priority is the default priority setting and cannot be disabled. It is the editable sequential number provided at the left side of each Item under Priority column in Backlog.

Backlog automatically adjusts priority number, if you set priority number of an item that is same as of another item in Backlog. It is valuable to use with Star priority as well. For example, If you want to move a particular Item to top or you have many items with same star priority level.


The last item in backlog will jump to the top of the list, if you set its number priority to 1.