With GreenHopper 5.10 we use the Planning Board versions to do Release Planning. Sprints are part of a Release and based on velocity our Product Owner and Business Analysts are ability to pre-plan releases. With GreenHopper 6 these go away and we're trying to get a feel for the way it's envisioned that release planning is done.
I can only say, please read these blog posts, especially the comments from Shaun :(
My experience with Greenhopper 6 is that they don't go away (you still have the Classic mode), but if you switch to the Rapid Board, there isn't a good way to do proper release planning out of the box.
We've looked into the Structure plug-in, but it adds little help for us.
It seems that Atlassian is coming with a release planning solution soon, so i think you're better off waiting until they release this.
We've begrudgingly accepted the idea that we will need to use the classic board for release planning. The biggest downside of course is the lack of drag and drop functionality which is what makes the rapid boards so much better.
Ideally, we would like to have a "release" container or grouping for an arbitrary number of sprints on the rapid board - with the possibility to put any selected sprint into work (albeit one at a time).
A Release view in the Board would be ideal for our case, but not for everyone's. We do use multiple Boards per project and we have Boards that span projects, but each Board is software that should be released together.
Having the Board be so flexible in how it can be defined has the downside of making it more difficult to make a Release Management view that suits everyone's needs. I think this is largely going to have to be a separate thing outside of the Board, as part of the Project.
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