Capacity Planning by Master Feature Estimates

Often when new Feature requests come in they are at, what we consider to be the Master Feature level...basically an Epic. For future releases, we hold a Release Planning session where our engineers apply high level estimates to Master Feature that have been slated for a given future release. We usually don't break these Master Features into smaller Features/Stories until close to time to actually start on a given release. This allows us not to invest too much time in breaking out stories as our priorities are ever shifting. For budgeting purposes, it would be nice if a given Release could reflect the capacity using the Estimates on the associated Master Features rather than the underlying Features since many times for us, we won't break Master Features down into Features right away. When times comes to actually start on a given Release, it would make more sense to switch Capacity back to the Features themselves, unless Master Features had an option to automatically track/sum Estimates based on the underlying Features.

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  • Jul 27 2017
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  • Angus Davis commented
    September 21, 2017 17:57

    Or allow this on initiatives, as the only reason we considered master features was to get this costing functionality. 

  • doug evans commented
    June 25, 2018 18:23

    I would like to see capacity planning for epics mimic story capacity planning. Similar to the process described above, we will t-shirt size the epics (master features) and compare this to planned capacity looking forward multiple quarters. Matching the capacity we have against the capacity we need will help us determine whether or not we have the resources necessary to achieve our goals and initiatives. It would be awesome to get the same red line for the epics that appears at the story level.

  • Kevin Winn commented
    August 17, 2018 22:04

    This would also allow for organizations that have product-aligned Product Management teams, but functionally-aligned engineering teams.  We'd like to be able to have one visual board where long-range capacity planning can be done by Engineering Management at the Epic level without losing the primary roadmap benefits for Product Managers.

  • Nate Dunlevy commented
    September 4, 2018 12:26

    We desperately need this.