Big Room Planning - Collaboration and Alignment towards a Common Purpose

It is predicted that 40% of the Fortune 500 companies we see today will no longer exist in 10 years time. Disruption is everywhere. The marketplace rewards speed, innovation and customer satisfaction, and those who don’t deliver value fast enough will not survive.

Adopting Agile and building high performing teams can help enterprises deliver better software in a much shorter time-to-market. But that is not enough. Accelerating business value delivery requires collaboration between the teams and aligning them towards a common set of business directions. This is business agility.

At Rally Software, the secret sauce to scaling Agile successfully for the enterprise is through “Big Room Planning”. Done right, it helps surface all problems and dependencies within the next foreseeable 8-12 weeks timeframe that can potentially hinder value delivery. It also enables decisions to be made and actions to be taken real-time to fix or find an optimal solution to the problems and dependencies.

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Outline/structure of the Session

Why Agile?

Why Big Room Planning?

What is Big Room Planning?

Who Does Big Room Planning?

When Is Big Room Planning Done?

How Does Big Room Planning Work?


Learning Outcome

Know the benefits of a coordinated big room planning in a context of multi-team environment, and how the big room planning is done.

Target Audience

Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Program Managers, Executives, etc.

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  • Daryl Chan
    By Daryl Chan  ~  1 year ago
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    Thanks Shen. Just wondering if any particular theories drive your approach to 'Big Room Planning'?

    • Michael Chik
      By Michael Chik  ~  1 year ago
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      As far as I remember, SAFe took this concept from TPS, where it's called oobeya. Don't know how it looks like in SAFe though - would definitely be interesting to find out :)

    • Shen Yang
      By Shen Yang  ~  1 year ago
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      It's largely SAFe. The big room planning (aka release planning) drives the program execution which is central in SAFe. It can be done outside the SAFe context too as release planning essentially links up vision to execution in any organizations. 

      • Daryl Chan
        By Daryl Chan  ~  1 year ago
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