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Agile Estimating and Planning by Mike Cohn

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Chapter 13. Release Planning Essentials

“You improvise. You adapt. You overcome.”

—Clint Eastwood in Heartbreak Ridge

Release planning is the process of creating a very high-level plan that covers a period longer than an iteration. A typical release will cover perhaps three to six months and maybe three to twelve or more iterations, depending on how long the iterations are. A release plan is important for a number of reasons.

First, it helps the product owner and the whole team decide how much must be developed and how long that will take before they have a releasable product. The sooner the product can be released (and the better it is when it’s released), the sooner the organization will begin earning a return on its investment in the project. ...

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