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What is a Release Plan?

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Definition of a Release Plan

A Release Plan is a document that provides details of all the features of an upcoming product release. Normally, this only covers a short period of time, is tactical in nature, and is primarily for the use of the product manager and development teams.

What is Included in a Release Plan?

This should not be confused with a Product Plan, which is involved with broader strategizing. A Release Plan tends to be more specific: it deals with resource allocation, direction and tasking of team members, phases of development, and projected milestones in the development process. Ultimately, the plan is important in providing developmental focus.

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General FAQ

What goes into a project Release Plan?
A project release plan covers the details of a product’s upcoming release (and possibly subsequent ones). It should define the vision for a product, prioritize features, including user stories, and anything else that helps make a successful release more probable. An effective project release plan aligns teams on what needs doing and when.
What is the difference between a roadmap and a Release Plan?
A product roadmap generally covers a longer period than a release plan, spanning one year or more compared to just a number of months. A roadmap is largely visual and helps product managers communicate strategic plans to stakeholders. A release plan translates the roadmap into an actionable process consisting of prioritized tasks.

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