I'm planning several epics for one specific team. I've assigned 4 people for that epic to make sure we deliver on a specific release (date). The planning algorithm only assigns 2 of the 4 candidates. Why?
I haven't configured any skills. And there are no other epics planned for this specific group of people.
The epic is <50 days. If i change it to 70 days it uses all 4 candidates. Why? Why is there a threshold of some kind?
Hi Joris, There are several factors that go into the scheduling algorithm, but a likely reason is the following:
Portfolio optimizes to get work done "as fast as possible" AND "with as few people as possible" - this optimization criteria has been choosen to guide the algorithm, particularly in case of larger teams, in order not to "over-assign" and focus on smaller groups of people completing a task - as long as it does not compromise the duration.
For Scrum teams, Portfolio "thinks in entire sprints", thus it could be that one scheduling option takes let's say 1 full sprint and few days with 5 people, and another scheduling solution takes 2 full sprints for 3 people, the duration of both schedules is still "2 sprints", and thus considered equal, meaning the solution with 3 people would be preferred.
If this does not explain the behaviour, I'd recommend opening a support ticket with a plan export attached to the ticket so that the team can investigate the particular case and comment. Thanks!
Martin Suntinger, Product Manager for Portfolio
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