You have a project and several teams. You want to have a single project backlog and manage work separately for each development team. How can you do that in TargetProcess? The quick answer is “tags and bundles”, however some guidance will help to get the idea.
Tags and bundles is a way to categorize information. With creativity you may find very nice applications for this idea. Let’s try to see how it help to manage several teams’ work in scope of a single project.
First of all, we will create a bundle Teams and add tags Team A and Team B to the bundle. Team A is just a tag, people should know to what team they belong. Usually it is not a problem at all.
The next step is to assign user stories to teams. It can be done in several places. For example, you can go to User Stories list, mark several user stories and add “Team A” tag to these stories.
Alternative way is to use Tags Board. Navigate to General -> Tags Board screen and select Teams bundle. On the left you will see backlog of user stories that are not assigned to teams. On the right you will see two teams tags. All you need is to drag some user stories and drop them to required team.
As a result you will have backlog for each team. What about iteration planning? Navigate to Iteration Plan page and filter user stories by “Team A” tag if you want to see all user stories for Team A. Thus you may plan iteration for one specific team.
Potential problem is a team velocity. If you track overall velocity, it will work out of the box. To have a separate velocity for each team it is required to create parallel releases and iterations inside the project. Each team should have separate releases thread. For example, we create Release 1.A for Team A and Release 1.B for Team B. All releases will have the same Start/End dates (it is not a requirement, if you want you may have different dates).
Now you have iteration plan for both teams. All you need is progress tracking. First of all, user stories list itself give overview of the stories progress.
You may filter the list by Team A or Team B to see the progress specific for each team. Overall progress accessible in Release and Iteration Burn Down charts. However if you have parallel releases it is impossible to see combined burn down for all teams.
As you see, multiple teams support in TargetProcess is possible and quite painless.
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