safe-roam-board-websafe-roam-board-web

SAFe Roam Board Template

Document and assess project risks honestly and transparently.

About the SAFe ROAM Board Template

A SAFe ROAM Board is a framework for making risks visible. It gives you and your team a shared space to notice and highlight risks, so they don’t get ignored. The ROAM Board helps everyone consider the likelihood and impact of risks, and decide which risks are low priority versus high priority. 

The underlying principles of SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) are:

  • Drive cost-effective solutions

  • Apply systems thinking

  • Assume that things will change; protect options

  • Build incrementally with fast integrated learning cycles

  • Base milestones on evaluating working systems 

  • Visualize and limit works in progress, reduce batch sizes, manage queue lengths

Keep reading to learn more about SAFe ROAM Boards.

What is a SAFe ROAM Board

A SAFe ROAM Board allows you and your team to highlight risks so that you can take action. After someone identifies and records a risk, you have to decide what to do next. For each risk you come across, you can:

  1. Avoid it and take a different approach

  2. Reduce the likelihood that it’ll happen 

  3. Share the risk by bringing in vendor expertise 

  4. Accept the risk (but keep in mind, this doesn’t mean you ignore it)

  5. Mitigate the risk and take action to reduce its impact

This framework aims to help you Resolve, Own, Accept, or Mitigate risks.

  • Resolved risks: your team agrees that this risk is no longer an issue and everyone can move on

  • Owned risks: if a risk isn’t immediately solved, a team member may take ownership of the task to resolve later (follow up to plan mitigation or work on executing any further action that should be taken)

  • Accepted risks: some risks can’t be reasonably dealt with, so teams should fully understand why before accepting these risks

  • Mitigated risks: a mitigation plan can reduce the likelihood or impact of these risks

It’s important to keep your ROAM Board updated so your team is aligned across each level of risk, and aware of how risks are being handled. 

When to use SAFe ROAM Boards

ROAM Boards are used during PI Planning to identify any obstacles to achieving team goals. 

Risk and uncertainty are bound to impact any project in some way. Instead of relying on a classic risk management plan or risk log, an Agile approach (such as creating more user stories to add to a backlog) can lower the chances of unpredictability and surprise. 

The ROAM method can also help relieve the Agile Release Train (the teams and stakeholders needed to implement, test, deploy, and release software incrementally) of any ambiguity. 

Create your own SAFe ROAM Board

Making your own SAFe ROAM Boards is easy. Miro’s whiteboard tool is the perfect canvas to create and share them. Get started by selecting the SAFe ROAM Board Template, then take the following steps to make one of your own.

  1. During PI Planning, add risks to the Program Risks section. Remember that the number of sticky notes with identified risks may grow or shrink as your team decides on a mitigation strategy during the planning process. 

  2. After the final plan review, move all risks to the ROAM Board. Allocate each risk to the relevant category of ROAM: Resolved, Owned, Accepted, Mitigated. 

  3. Vote as a team to decide which risks are worth prioritizing. Agile coaches can run voting sessions to decide which risks should be considered high priority with Miro’s Voting Plugin. A minimum of three votes is needed to consider a risk in the running as high priority. 

  4. Review and adjust risks as needed. Risk profiles can change as plans and follow-up steps to action. Make sure a member of your team adjusts and updates the board during the weekly or biweekly PO (Product Owner) Sync.

SAFe Roam Board Template

Get started with this template right now. It’s free

Related Templates
to-do-list-thumb-webto-do-list-thumb-web
PreviewMore info

To-do List

To-do lists are simple, yet effective tools that can break down large tasks into smaller, concrete steps. They can range from individual daily tasks to broader group goals. You can make a to-do list for any project or deliverable that your team is responsible for. Breaking down tasks into concrete steps helps your team reach your goals with ease. With the To-Do List template, you can customize your to-do list to include photos, images, videos, color-coding, and documents.

To-do List
Market Segmentation Matrix ThumbnailMarket Segmentation Matrix Thumbnail
PreviewMore info

Market Segmentation Matrix

Successful, compelling marketing begins and ends with knowing your audience — who they are, where they are, and what they want and expect. A market segmentation matrix will help you understand them on a deeper level. This business tool divides your target market into subsets based on demographics, geography, needs, interests, psychographics, or behavioral characteristics. You can then use these insights and data to hit it out of the park, by building better product, sales, and marketing strategies. Our template lets you set up and populate a Market Segmentation Matrix with ease.

Market Segmentation Matrix
likert-scale-thumb-weblikert-scale-thumb-web
PreviewMore info

Likert Scale

It’s not always easy to measure complex, highly subjective data — like how people feel about your product, service, or experience. But the Likert scale is designed to help you do it. This scale allows your existing or potential customers to respond to a statement or question with a range of phrases or numbers (e.g., from “strongly agree” to “neutral,” to “strongly disagree,” or from 1 to 5). The goal is to ask your customer some specific questions to turn into easy-to-interpret actionable user insights.

Likert Scale
research-topic-brainstorm-thumb-webresearch-topic-brainstorm-thumb-web
PreviewMore info

Research Topic Brainstorm

Coming up with a topic for a research project can be a daunting task. Use the Research Topic Brainstorm template to take a general idea and transform it into something concrete. With the Research Topic Brainstorm template, you can compile a list of general ideas that interest you and then break them into component parts. You can then turn those parts into questions that might be the focus for a research project.

Research Topic Brainstorm
plus-delta-thumb-webplus-delta-thumb-web
PreviewMore info

Plus Delta

The Plus Delta template is a simple but powerful tool for collecting constructive criticism from a group. The format encourages you and your team to focus on what went well, what you should repeat in the future, and what you should aim to change. To complete a Plus Delta template, simply make note of things that are working and things you would like to improve. You can then file these elements into two separate columns. Use Plus Delta to showcase wins and learnings for your team, stakeholders, employees, and bosses.

Plus Delta
This or That ThumbnailThis or That Thumbnail
PreviewMore info

This or That

If you’re a social media manager, a designer, or just someone who loves photography, then you’ve probably seen the “This or That” game on Instagram. The premise is simple: You make two parallel lists that pit a series of choices against each other, like “apples or oranges” or “pizza or hot dogs”. The Instagram user chooses between the various options by circling the one that they prefer. Then they share the completed game with their followers. Although it was popularized on Instagram, you can use This or That on other social media platforms too, or even your website or blog.

This or That