What is the PI Planning Board about?

In the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Program Increment (PI) Planning is an important event that takes place at the whole project level (named Agile Release Train in SAFe). Generally, every ten weeks (corresponding to five 2-week sprints), all team members and stakeholders gather in a unique place for a large 2-day workshop to align all Agile teams on the vision and feature priorities. The PI Planning Board is the underlying artifact that helps program managers run the event and build the roadmap.

With this event and all other features of the framework, SAFe has been designed to overcome two challenges that Scrum and Extreme Programming frameworks could not on their own:

The PI Planning event allows teams to agree on crucial milestones that should be respected by the Program while identifying feature dependencies across all teams’ plans and managing program risks. One other expected outcome is that team members and stakeholders can experience the business benefits of establishing regular communication.

The PI Planning process according to the Scaled Agile organization.

The PI Planning process according to the Scaled Agile organization.

Standard inputs of the PI Planning are:

And common outputs are:

How to build a comprehensive PI Planning Board?

The traditional PI Planning Board includes all components of the agenda of the PI Planning event:

The PI Planning Board can be linked to teams’ boards in which each team can draft its particular plan, assess its objectives’ business value, and identify its own risks and impediments.

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