When a team begins a new project, it can take some time for their velocity to stabilize. Tracker’s “Commit Mode” enables scheduling more or fewer stories into the current iteration, sprint or cycle than Tracker would plan automatically. This manual control over the stories included in the current iteration was originally seen as a temporary planning need, so it has only been available on a per-iteration basis.
We continue to recommend that you let Tracker plan for you and focus on achieving a steady velocity. This helps you see what can be done, based on your team’s pace (i.e., the average number of story points completed from your previous iterations). However, we’ve been listening carefully to feedback from those who prefer to always plan the current iteration manually, and have given a great deal of thought to how to evolve this feature. We’ve also kept in mind the Scrum community’s move away from committing to forecasting. So, coming soon in both the original and beta versions of Tracker, commit mode will be reimplemented as “Manual Planning Mode.”
Currently, commit mode only exists in the original version of Tracker and not in the beta. When it returns as manual planning mode, in both the original and beta versions, you’ll be able to do everything you used to with it, with a few key changes:
This update also requires some changes to both API V3 and API V5:
We’ll be looking at more of your requests and suggestions for manual planning in future beta updates. But for now, we hope teams that require manual planning of the current iteration will find these changes go a long way toward meeting your needs.
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