I am having a problem understanding scheduling decisions that Portfolio is making. It appears to take the issue's rank over any assigned release date and is therefore failing miserably to tell me whether we can make a particular release date or not. That could be my misconfiguration or a shortcoming in the tool. I'm looking for some pointers either way.
Here's my scenario:
If I calculate the schedule, Portfolio is scheduling some backlog issues which are assigned to the December release before items which are assigned to the August release, making the August release go late. The December assigned issues which are (wrongly in my view) being included in the August release appear to have a higher rank in the backlog.
Surely I don't have to re-order the whole backlog to get the scheduling to give me what I want to see? I.e. whether we can make the August and December dates in time, given the current scope? If I assign issues to the August release, surely I should expect Portfolio to try schedule them in before the defined end date of that release?
Hi James. I also find this to be a head-scratcher. Did you ever figure out a way to just assign Issues to Releases, assign dates to Releases, and then have Portfolio re-rank the Issues dynamically based on Release Dates? The scope of our releases/increments are very fluid right now, and I hate having to re-rank my Issues every time we decide to pull a feature in or defer another...
Hi Matt, no there's no breakthrough here I'm afraid. I had a support ticket open for a while and they acknowledged that this limitation was due to the way Portfolio performs its calculations. There's an open issue here you can vote for but I can't imagine a fix arriving any time soon.
Like you, I've been having to re-scrub my backlog so I can believe what Portfolio is telling me.
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