There are two parts to good planning -- clear definition of what's to be developed and an understanding of available resources. Once you have this understood the next step is to ensure you're positioned to execute.
To help with this we provide Capacity planning, but sometimes it's not enough to know how long a feature will take to be developed. Sometimes you also need to know when it is due. Since it's common to work on features in bursts versus all at once (who works 8 continuous hours on one feature?), it's important to have the option to work backwards from the due date to set a start date. This helps the team understand what their work looks like over time.
Feature start and due dates are added in one of two ways:
- Adding features to the Releases Roadmap view automatically creates a start and due date because the feature is being added to a timeline view. This view is meant for you to plan so once you add all of your features, simply drag them to where they should be. If you've added them to a phase it will automatically extend to match the first and last feature.
- Turning on capacity planning will enable start and due date fields (as well as the capacity field) so that you can plan dates on other screens, such as the Features Board view. In this case, you can manually set start and due dates. If you've already set the start and due dates and add those features to the Releases Roadmap view, features will be added on the timeline according to the dates you set.