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Do You Know About Agile PI Planning?

Have you tried agile PI planning, i.e., agile program increment planning, in your latest sprint? It is a reasonably new concept doing the rounds in agile adoption circles. Since every organization has embraced the methodology, it is time to scale up your internal activities and look for more advanced ways to complete projects. In this article at Hackernoon, Andrew Romanukha shares all you need to know about agile PI planning.

What Is Agile PI Planning?

In agile PI planning, several cross-functional teams come together as an agile release train (ART) to get a project out the door. Each group has about five to eleven people. The ART group and stakeholders are responsible for ‘developing, delivering and supporting the product post-release’. If you are working based on SAFe, having an all-unit meeting is commonplace, and any industry can leverage it. You can decide how to go ahead with the program backlog, work scope, dependencies, and risks.


All teams agree to the shared vision and milestones and accordingly align their development and production. Risk mitigation is another significant event in the agile PI planning process. You must act as a unit to discover the risks underlying the execution. All bring to the table their solutions, and then the top choices are selected for implementation.


An agile PI planning event can be two days long or even more. You can begin the meeting by explaining what the business requires and how the product goals should align with the corporate goals. After the meeting, the teams should plan their next program increment. Then all can convene later to define the final program plan and risks.

Pluses and Minuses

Agile PI planning enables everyone to be in line with the program process. Everyone has a high-level idea about the entire plan, so production speeds up. All teams are flexible to incorporate new requirements. People can voice their concerns and opinions in person in the event’s informal setting. However, it is useful for short-term projects and not for distributed teams. Travel, frequent meetings, etc., can eat up your time if you are not too careful about it.

Remote Probability

While it may not be possible to assemble several people in a single conference room, agile PI planning is possible with stricter event organization. Some enterprises had successfully completed such events recently with improved organizational skills and technical capabilities.

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