This feature is available in all editions.
As part of the Release Planning effort, the team estimates and prioritizes the backlog items, and then breaks them down into a series of smaller sprints/iterations of work.
In general, there are two types of release planning activities:
Tactical release planning is done at the backlog level by scheduling individual backlog items, defects, or test sets for inclusion in a release.
Strategic release planning is done at the feature level by scheduling entire portfolio items, (which automatically includes all lower level backlog items). To drive good strategic plans, teams can use factors such as business value, risk, team velocity, and cost (Swag at the portfolio item level or Estimate at the backlog item level) to help create an optimal release schedule.
Ideally, release schedules should be kept short in duration in order to facilitate as many functional releases as possible within a given period. The goal of the release plan is to communicate which features are intended to be delivered by the release deadline.
Release planning typically takes place prior to or at the beginning of a release. Throughout the release, the same group can gather to review progress and course-correct based on product owner feedback, team velocity, and any new information discovered.
These resources offer helpful insight on planning your product.
Accessing Release Planning
To access the LIfecycle release planning features, click Release Planning in the main menu.
- Regression Planning
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- Regression Planning is a Release Planning feature that allows you to define and map out coordinated sets of testing activities to ensure your existing functionality continues to work as designed. This is particularly critical for development projects in which new features are added.
- Assigning and Unassigning Regression Tests
- Building a Regression Plan
- Creating a New Regression Suite
- Creating a New Regression Plan
- Editing a Regression Plan or Regression Suite
- Executing Tests
- Generating a Test Set from a Regression Suite
- How Does Regression Planning Fit Into the Big Picture?
- Monitoring Testing Progress
- Moving a Regression Plan to Another Project
- Regression Testing Video
- Tagging Regression Tests
View project/release and sprint metrics to measure your progress towards release.
In Winter 2016 Point Release Release #3 - Build 188.8.131.52, the term "Build Runs" was changed to "Pipeline Runs". In earlier releases, "Build Runs" is still used.