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SAFe PI Planning

PI Planning Introduction to PI Planning: A Quick Overview Program Increment (PI) Planning is a cadence-based, face-to-face event that serves as the heartbeat of the Agile Release Train (ART), aligning all the teams on the ART to a shared mission and Vision. PI planning is essential to SAFe: If you are not doing it, you are not doing SAFe.

It may not always be practical for the entire Agile Release Train (ART) to collocate however, and in our current times COVID-19 has created a situation where this isn’t an option. While physical face to face planning has its benefits, the unwritten SAFe ‘rule’ is “the people who do the work plan the work.” When physical presence is not possible, real time, concurrent, virtual, face to face planning has now proven to be effective. Indeed many ARTs have been successful in creating a hybrid situation where several teams join remotely.

Tooling is the cornerstone of distributed PI planning and several different types of tools are required in combination to support the activities that take place.

Current Template will help you to save time on preparation and increase the levels of event Facilitation. Here you have all you need to facilitate PI Planning:

  • Program Backlog

  • Program Board

  • Team Board

  • Program Risks

  • SoS Checklist 

  • Areas for Agenda, Logistic, Management Adjustments

  • Planning Retrospective template 

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