It can feel daunting to try a new issue tracker but it doesn't have to be. We recommend picking a small project or short sprint during which to try Linear and timeboxing it to 1-2 weeks. In our experience, that's enough time to know whether Linear is a good fit.
Step 1: Commit to trying Linear [0 minutes]
Remember: It's just one week. If you follow the tips in this guide, it won't require much more than an hour to set up and learn Linear. If Linear helps your team work more effectively, it'll feel well worth it. If it doesn't, then you can easily go back to your old issue tracker.
Step 1: Choose something to work on [10-20 minutes]
Option 1: Run a small project
- Pick a piece of work that's relatively small or isolated.
- Invite at least two teammates.
- Pro: You don't have to migrate existing issues over to Linear.
Con: You might not have a project ready.
Option 2: Migrate a single week's sprint
- Invite a small team that usually works together to use Linear for their sprint.
- Save time by asking members of your team to move issues over themselves.
- We don't recommend using the importer for just a few issues–you'll learn more by creating them new.
- Work on a small feature or request from a customer.
- Try Linear with a new or returning hire and their direct teammates and manager.
- Use Linear for the first week of a new project.
- Invite a small team to try Linear on their next sprint and ask them to share their thoughts at the next company meeting.
Step 3: Add it to the calendar and invite teammates [5 minutes]
- Add it in your calendar just like you would any other trial or project.
- Make sure at least 1-2 people try Linear with you. Our most powerful features come alive when you use it with your team. Go to Settings > Workspace > Members to invite them (we don't have a user limit on the free plan).
Step 4: Set up your Linear workspace [10-30 minutes]
We recommend setting a time to do this together with your teammates, since it'll be more fun and help surface questions you have about the product and how it fits into your current workflow.
At minimum, you should: