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πŸ“ Category Direction - Team Planning

This direction page was last reviewed on:

2022-01-11

Category Team Planning
Stage Plan
Group Project Management
Maturity Viable

Introduction and how you can help

πŸ‘‹ This is the category strategy for Planning Analytics in GitLab, which is part of the Project Management group with the Plan stage. Please reach out to the group's Product Manager, Gabe Weaver (E-mail), if you'd like to provide feedback or ask any questions related to this product category.

This strategy is a work in progress and everyone can contribute:

Category overview

Team Planning's goal is to provide collaboration and planning capabilities to empower small, autonomous teams to continuously deliver customer and business value with the shortest possible cycle times. Features owned by the Team Planning category include work items (issues), tasks, milestones, iterations, boards, discussions, labels, todos, quick actions, markdown, and notifications.

We are currently focused on providing industry-leading solutions for the following Jobs To Be Done (JTBD):

Target audience

GitLab identifies who our DevSecOps application is built for utilizing the following categorization. We list our view of who we will support when in priority order.

Today

  1. 🟩 Software Developers
  2. 🟨 Development Team Leads
  3. 🟨 Application Development Director
  4. 🟨 Product Managers
  5. 🟨 Software Engineer in Test
  6. 🟨 Product Designers
  7. 🟨 DevOps Engineers
  8. 🟨 Security Operations Engineers
  9. 🟨 Release Manager
  10. 🟨 Security Analysts
  11. ⬜️ Application Ops
  12. ⬜️ Platform Engineer
  13. ⬜️ Compliance Managers
  14. ⬜️ Systems Administrator

Medium Term (1-2 years)

  1. 🟩 Software Developers
  2. 🟩 Development Team Leads
  3. 🟩 Application Development Director
  4. 🟩 Product Managers
  5. 🟨 Software Engineer in Test
  6. 🟨 Product Designers
  7. 🟨 DevOps Engineers
  8. 🟨 Security Operations Engineers
  9. 🟨 Release Manager
  10. 🟩 Security Analysts
  11. ⬜️ Application Ops
  12. ⬜️ Platform Engineer
  13. 🟨 Compliance Managers
  14. ⬜️ Systems Administrator

What we recently completed

What we are currently working on

Our group level issue board provides detailed insight into everything currently in flight.

What's next for us

What we're not doing

Maturity plan

This category is currently at the Viable maturity level, and our next maturity target is Complete on 2022-08-22.

We are tracking our progress against this target via this epic.

Performance indicators

Check out our cross-functional Project Management team hanbook page to view our current customer value, product quality, and process performance indicators.

Competitive landscape

The project management tools market is dominated by Jira (31%), Microsoft (18%), Smartsheet (6%), and Trello (5%). To be competitive, GitLab needs to solve for the following customer comments in the immediate future:

We’ve been told to use gitlab’s milestones to capture agile sprints, as they’re the only thing that can have burn down, they work well with boards and have concepts of time. The default way epics get their start/end dates is based on the milestones of the issues attached though – doesn’t make sense as an issue shouldn’t be assigned to an agile sprint until the sprint is eminent. (root of problem is that gitlab milestone must either be equated to agile milestone or agile sprint, not both – you’re missing a concept)

Needs to be a way to have a team velocity, as a scrum master be able to go through and say β€œThis feature requires ~100 points of work, we can do 25 points per sprint, will take 4 sprints (8 weeks) – you want it done in 6 weeks, will either require to be simplified or increased resourcing.”

Need burn-down chart/progress status of sprints, features, initiatives, and milestones.

During sprint planning, need a way to see what my team’s velocity has been last several sprints to have a good idea of how much we should be planning for upcoming sprint.

Need an easy way to see how much I’m assigning to each team member during sprint planning (team members aren’t interchangeable – sprint can have user stories less than velocity, but if user stories are only doable by one team member then the work can’t get done).

Need to be able to answer questions around β€œwhich teams/members are working on this feature?”, β€œare we still on track to meet this milestone?”, β€œwe want to add this new feature, how will that slow down other development?”, β€œThis team is needed for another project, how will that effect timelines on this project?”, etc…

Analyst landscape

What they are saying:

Most requested issues & epics

Top strategy items

While we are not currently working on the items listed within this section, we believe that solving for them will significantly contribute to Plan's 3-year strategy. Once validated and team capacity is available, we will move these strategic items into our queue for prioritization and implementation.

Enterprise planning frameworks support

Use DevOps data to guide planning

See the Planning Analytics Category Direction

Automation and machine learning to improve quality of life

Jobs To Be Done

We are currently focused on providing industry-leading solutions for the following Jobs To Be Done (JTBD):

Plan and Collaborate On Value Delivery

Job statements Maturity Confidence Source
When splitting prioritized initiatives or features into requirements, I want to group related slices of value and surface dependencies, so I can maximize alignment on the scope of a business goal and efficiently plan its incremental delivery. Badge level c Researched Issue
When estimating work during refinement, I want to validate that requirements are valuable and discrete, so I can increase the amount of value delivered with the least effort. Badge level d Researched Issue
When planning a release, I want to prioritize and sequence estimated work based on feasibly, capacity, and ROI, so I can incrementally deliver toward business objectives. Badge level - Researched Issue
When organizing priority work, I want to visualize our intended workflow, so I can increase team efficiency, collaboration, and predictability. Badge level - Researched Issue
When collaborating with a team or stakeholders, I want to radiate the current status of work continuously, so I can increase alignment on progress and any impediments that need to be addressed. Badge level c Researched Issue

Align plans with customer needs and business objectives

Job statements Maturity Confidence Source
When reviewing my product strategy with leadership, I want to demonstrate how my plans will drive overall vision and objectives toward reality, so I can increase buy-in, trust, and allocation of resources toward my efforts. Badge level - Researched Issue
When synthesizing inputs, I want to categorize opportunities based on how efficiently they drive the success of business objectives, so I can increase confidence in items I have prioritized, and feel empowered to say no to less impactful ideas. Badge level c Researched Issue
When visualizing the plan of how my strategy will be implemented, I want to display how prioritized items cascade up toward larger vision and business objectives, so I can increase alignment on the overall impact and importance of even the most granular items within my plan. Badge level - Researched Issue
When soliciting feedback and collaboration on the implementation of my strategy, I want to craft a view of my plan with the intended audience in mind, so I can increase team and stakeholder alignment through effective storytelling at the correct level of abstraction. Badge level - Researched Issue
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