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Planning tools in Advanced Roadmaps

Advanced Roadmaps is designed to help you create high-level plans for your organization, and comes with tools specifically designed for long-term planning that don’t exist elsewhere in the Jira ecosystem.

Roll-up values

Parent issue and child issue are relative terms used to refer to higher-level issues that contain smaller tasks. This concept scales to any hierarchy level:

  • an initiative (parent issue) that contains epics (child issue)

  • an epic (parent issue) that contains stories (child issue)

  • a story (parent issue) that contains subtasks (child issue)

A big problem for planners is that what you plan isn’t always what ends up happening. Instead of forcing you to manually update values of parent issues, you can tell Advanced Roadmaps to infer values such as dates, estimates, and sprint assignments of parent issues based on the child issues' values. In Advanced Roadmaps, this is referred to as a roll-up and can help keep your issues accurate as timelines change in your plan.

For example, let’s look at the screenshot below:

An example of rolled up dates in Advanced Roadmaps for Jira Software Cloud

The top level issue is an epic, and contained within are three stories. With rolled up values enabled, Advanced Roadmaps automatically picks the earliest start date and the latest end date of the child issues, then applies them to the parent issue. This way, if the child issues get rescheduled, delayed, or removed from your plan (which happens; no judgement), the values of the epics automatically reflect this and keep your plan on track.

Warnings

As your plan grows and changes, Advanced Roadmaps will alert you to any errors in your plan by turning the row yellow, and adding a warning icon in the Scope column. These warnings indicate inconsistencies in your plan like misaligned dates, overlapping dependencies, missing sprint assignments, and more.

Auto-scheduler

Advanced Roadmaps can automatically schedule issues for you based on any information that you’ve already added like issue estimations, scheduled issues, dependencies, release and team assignments, and more. From here, you can either commit the plan as is, or use it as a starting point to make further edits.

Capacity and velocity

Capacity and velocity in Advanced Roadmaps are two features that help you create efficient but achievable plans.

Capacity in Advanced Roadmaps refers to the number of story points or hours your team can complete in one iteration. For example, a team with a capacity of 30 story points (which is the default setting) can contain six issues that are estimated at five story points each during one iteration.

Velocity, which is used strictly for planning purposes in Advanced Roadmaps, is your team’s average capacity per iteration over time based on past performance. For example, a team with a velocity of 30 story points will require two sprints to complete an epic estimated at 35 story points, assuming no other work was already assigned to those sprints.

Together, these two features ensure that your plan is realistic based on how quickly your teams are able to work.

Further reading:

Read how to use roll-ups in Advanced Roadmaps

Learn more about warnings in Advanced Roadmaps

Learn more about the auto-scheduler

Last modified on Oct 6, 2021
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