Program Increments in SAFe

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Program Increments (PIs) are timeboxes within the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) during which an Agile Release Train (ART) delivers incremental value in the form of working, tested software and systems. PIs typically last 8-12 weeks and consist of several iterations. Four development iterations are generally followed by one Innovation and Planning (IP) iteration that allows teams to prepare for the next PI by conducting demo sessions, conducting a retrospective, identifying dependencies, and undertaking program-level activities. The PI is a critical unit of time in SAFe as it helps organise planning horizons and support program-level execution. It also serves as a foundational element of the Lean Portfolio Management (LPM) function in SAFe that coordinates investments to support the organisation's strategic objectives. 
So when we are doing Program Increment Planning (Pi Planning) it is important that we are able to look forward. And we do this in the Pi Planning by coming together as Agile teams in the Agile Release Train.  


In the Pi Planning we aim to:  

🚀 Understand the intent of the organisation.                                                                                                       

🚀 Self-organise and design.                                                                                                                                  

🚀 Make commitments about high-level goals that we believe we can achieve.  

In summary, effective Program Increment planning can bring several benefits to an organisation.  


It helps to:  

🚀 people and activities.                                                                                                                                           

🚀 Improve predictability.                                                                                                                                                      

🚀 Enhance transparency and communication.                                                                                                              

🚀 Increase quality and accountability.                                                                                                                        

🚀 Align with customer needs.                                                                                                                                          

🚀 Provide opportunities for innovation and improvement.  

By adopting this approach, organisations can increase their agility and achieve business outcomes more predictably and efficiently. 


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