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How can I ensure ranking of parent work items is accounted for, when Child work items are managed in a seperate plan?

Richard Tweed (811120) | asked Jan 17 '17, 9:24 a.m.
edited Jan 23 '17, 5:00 a.m.


A project has 10 Features
Each Feature has 5 child Stories

The Features are ranked in a plan

1 of the 5 Stories for Feature1 will be worked and released
3 of the 5 Stories for Feature2 will be worked and released
2 of the 5 Stories for Feature3 will be worked and released

The remaining stories for Features 1-3, and all Stories for Feature 4-10 will remain in a backlog.

Can I create a view in RTC (or JRS?), to ensure that the Stories are ranked taking into account the ranking of the Feature, so that I don't end up with something similar to that below, or end up with a Story from Feature 4 ranked as #1?


Feature Rank


Story Rank



Story 1

Story 2

Story 3

Story 4

Story 5








Story 6

Story 7

Story 8

Story 9

Story 10








Story 11

Story 12

Story 13

Story 14

Story 15






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Miguel Tomico (5001023) | answered Jan 17 '17, 9:48 a.m.

Some calculations are required. Too complex for JRS, I guess.

It should be possible to implement using BIRT, but paying attention to performance, because of the parent / child relationships.

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Geoffrey Clemm (30.1k23035) | answered Jan 21 '17, 11:17 p.m.

In recent versions of RTC, in a hierarchical planning view (such as the Work Breakdown view),  if you invoke the "Apply Rank" operation, the items will be ranked in a way to respects the parent ranking.   In particular, the parent items will be ranked 1, 2, 3, etc., and the child items will be given a hierarchical ranking.   For example, the child items of the item ranked 2 will be given ranks 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, etc.

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Richard Tweed (811120) | answered Jan 23 '17, 5:06 a.m.

Thanks both for your responses.  The issue is a little more complex than that stated, with multiple teams involved in delivery of the Stories, so I was trying to quickly determine if there were other means out there.  

The hierarchical planning view doesn't account for Stories from different Features being sequentially important. For example, where a business wants 10 Features, however for a first release, only wants those features as a minimally viable product.

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