Planning tools that help you ship
Linear is a tool to remove barriers. Powerful yet simple to use, it helps you to plan ahead, make better decisions and execute faster. You don’t have to come up with best practices for how to use Linear — we already built them directly into the product.
Break your work into managable bits and pieces. Issues are the most basic concept in Linear and the main building block of the app.
Add priority, labels, estimates, issue relations, references and due dates to your issues to give more context. Linear also detects YouTube, Descript, Loom and Figma links and will automatically embed them.
Optimized for speed
Like everything in Linear, creating issues is optimized for speed. Add properties, switch teams and apply templates in a few keystrokes – no mouse required. Properties carry over to new issues and drafts save automatically.
Parent and sub-issues
Use sub-issues to break down larger tasks into smaller pieces of work. Or group issues together by defining parent issues.
Use issue templates to write issues faster and guide creators to share information effectively.
Issue descriptions and comments support full Markdown.
Import issues from your existing issue tracker into Linear. Linear’s issue migration assistant supports Jira, Asana, GitHub Issues and Shortcut.
Focus your team priorities over a set period of time. Like sprints, cycles group work by time to keep up your team’s momentum. Unlike sprints, cycles are not tied to releases. A familiar workflow, refined to create healthy routines and focus teams on what work should happen next.
Keep track of the progress your team is making: See how many issues in the Cycle have been started and completed. Quickly identify how much scope was added and removed since the start of the cycle. For more detailed insights, you can break down the workload in a cycle by project, label, and assignee, as well as what percentage of issues in those categories have been completed.
See how many issues or estimate points you should be able to fit into the cycle based on your team's velocity.
Cycles run on an automated schedule to reduce unnecessary date math and help create routine. Any unfinished work rolls over to the next cycle automatically.
Define start week, start day and duration of your cycles along with other preferences like custom naming patterns. Add a cooldown after each cycle to give your team a break and bandwidth to work through technical debt or miscellaneous tasks.
Plan, track and ship larger pieces of work from start to finish. Projects can be shared across multiple teams and come with their own unique features, graphs, and notification options.
Use milestones to mark important points and break your project into different stages.
Project status, lead, team, start date, target date, members - see every project detail at a glance. Attach external links and resources to add even more context.
Every project has important points in its lifecycle that the team needs to synchronize on. Milestones make these key moments legible and break the project into more granular phases.
The project sidepanel contains an overview of all milestones with progress data for each of them. Quick filters allow you to instantly see all issues associated with a milestone.
Progress, projected. Linear automatically generates a Project Graph for your projects that shows scope, velocity and progress over time. It even generates live predictions for when the project will complete.
Put your ideas into words before bringing them alive. With Project Documents you can write project briefs, specs, PRDs and other documents directly in Linear. Project Documents use Markdown and come with a variety of editing capabilities including code snippets, tagging team members or referencing issues.
Set up personal notifications and project updates that can be shared with the whole company via Slack.
Roadmaps help you to set direction and focus on the big picture. View all company projects in one streamlined view or create custom roadmaps to roll projects up into initiatives, product lines, or company goals.
Plan, manage and track what needs to get done this month, quarter and year, visually. Viewing projects in the context of time gives you a better understanding of what’s going on and when projects will complete. It’s also easier to plan for dependencies, such as when someone will free up to work on a new project, and spot projects that are falling behind or where teams may need more time or to adjust the scope.
Progress insights at a glance
Get progress insights into all projects of a roadmap at a single glance. See how scope is distributed across teams and how each project is progressing.
List or Timeline
Both the roadmap and project views have the option to view them as a list or timeline. The list shows the projects along with basic details including teams, status, and miniature graph. The timeline view shows the same project data but places projects as bars on a timeline graph.
Linear is designed to empower everyone in your company. No matter if it’s engineering, design, marketing, or customer support. Create dedicated teams for people who regularly work together and organize tasks within teams or collaborate in cross-team projects.
Labels, workflows, and cycle settings can be configured at the team-level to support different ways of team work.
Collaborate across teams
Projects and roadmaps can be shared across multiple teams.
Organize collaborators in teams while keeping your own workspace tailored to those teams that are most relevant to you.
Private teams Standard Plan
Create private teams for issues that should only be accessed by certain workspace members.
Guest accounts Standard Plan
Invite contractors, external stakeholders, or other members with limited workspace access.
A place for new issues and ideas. Keep your backlog healthy and managable with Linear’s auto-closing and auto-archiving features.
Auto-close & auto-archive
Set Linear to automatically close issues that haven't been updated in a set period of time. This saves you from having to manually comb through tons of closed issues. Linear can also automatically archive closed issues after a while to unclutter your views.