We often have extra time at the end of triage each week, and we have stated many times that “issues go to the backlog to die”. Well, why don’t we use some of that extra time (only if there is time, and not before reviewing issues on a release, if requested) to review some of those stale issues?
I’ve created a query in redmine to list stale issues (non-closed, created > 1 year ago, last updated > 1 month ago, including non-backlog issues). There are about 1000 in that list, but I have a feeling many of them can be closed without much discussion. We can also use this time to determine issues we want on team-specific backlogs, if any.
If we don’t come up with some strategy to deal with and plan to fix the ‘stale’ or backlogged issues, the list will just continue to grow. I think this could at least be a start; I’m not realistically expecting to get the list to zero, but I do think it could help our sub-teams plan work for more redmine issues.