Thanks Martin! Really glad you enjoyed it.
Ah yes, I should have been clearer. We use JIRA to manage the actually development process which includes the harder delivery dates. I totally agree that having a schedule can help keep the team focussed and act as a goal (as long as it’s realistic of course!).
I’ve found the problems come when you assign harder delivery dates which you share with the customer base.
Ah, you made me think of the Project Management Triangle with you last comment!