With the high volume of projects teams handle today, it is more important than ever that we’re able to keep track of all work items so nothing falls through the cracks. We also must ensure that an individual team’s work aligns with the organizational goals at large. That’s where Azure DevOps Delivery Plans comes in.

What are Delivery Plans?

Delivery Plans 2.0 is a feature in Azure Boards. It is currently natively available in Azure DevOps Services and will be available in Azure DevOps Server 2022. Additionally, Delivery Plans 1.0 is available in the Marketplace as an extension. Delivery Plans shows multiple sprints across multiple teams in a calendar view. With this view you can see the progress of work and adjust as needed to deliver on time. Delivery Plans also supports dependency tracking, with which you can easily determine if there is a dependency issue.

Getting Started with Delivery Plans

There is no bad time to get started with Delivery Plans. Even if you have already planned and started working on a project, the information made available is invaluable moving forward. You should, however, review Agile culture for best practices regarding sprints, autonomous teams, and organizational alignment.

To create your first delivery plan, navigate to your Azure DevOps instance. In the Boards tab, select Delivery Plans. Next, click New Plan. Then, add a plan name and a description, and specify which backlog you want to use. You can also specify the project, the team(s), and field criteria. Once the delivery plan is created, it will show a calendar view of the teams’ backlogs in parallel.

 

For more information, or to get started with Delivery Plans, contact our teams of experts here at PRAKTIK.