Technical support for agile release planning

Do your project teams use different PM tools for different project types? The Microsoft Roadmap feature creates transparency through a holistic timeline and thus supports agile release planning.

A company starts an agile initiative in order to iteratively implement a holistic portfolio and benefits management. The iterations correspond to agile releases and emerge from multiple roll-outs within different business units. The goal is to achieve the ideal utilization of resources which leads to the ability to forecast whether a project can be started or not. One increment is the introduction of resource management. Thus, this agile initiative is supported by two sub-projects: Implement a resource management approach as well as a resource management technology evaluation to determine needed technology.


Planning with Microsoft Project

As a result of the resource management approach project, the company can forecast the needed capacity to realize benefits. As the sub-project manager uses MS Project to manage the “Resource Management approach Project”, MS Project schedules the implementation milestone for the 2nd of April.

Planning with Microsoft Azure DevOps

The resource management technology evaluation realizes benefits by identifying the most suitable technology for the resource management. This project is executed by an agile team, which uses Microsoft Azure DevOps to manage it.

Agile Release Planning with Roadmap

In complex project management situations, teams or projects often depend on each other. In order to plan and track program increments, the program management team needs an overall view where it can see the increments of various subprojects, so that the team can manage dependencies on a higher level.

By using different sub-systems like MS Project or Azure DevOps, Microsoft’s new application “Roadmap” conjoins different software applications to contribute to the release plan as a whole, which serves as a “Stage Result Board” of the agile programme.

Benefits for agile release planning:

  1. Creation of transparency through a holistic timeline
  2. Selection of the most appropriate tool by project teams – not an imposed one
  3. Easy status and progress monitoring
  4. Easy-to-use and quickly created
  5. Create a dynamic stage result board