Think of a plan as a sandbox where you can play with what-if scenarios without having to make lots of manual changes to your data or affect what your teams are currently working on in Jira.
A plan contains your issues, teams, releases and allows you to calculate your projects' schedule. You can create any number of plans which can be accessed by different users and groups.
Plans change and as you gain knowledge and refine remaining estimates, requirements become clearer, things take longer or are completed faster than expected. Portfolio for Jira helps you keeping your plans up-to-date by synching them with what actually happened.
You choose when you want to have your Jirachanges reflected in Jira by committing them from Portfolio.
Having a clear, achievable schedule gives transparency to your team. Knowing what's next helps your team to make better day-to-day decisions, even if plans change frequently. The following sections contain information on how to create and manage a plan.