One of the biggest problems people have with Agile in large enterprises is long term planning.

The Scaled Agile Framework offers a great tool to plan the next 3 month of work, the release planning meeting. This is an all hands meeting which can include more than 100 people in one room or across several sites.

It is one of the true magics of SAFe and one of the things most people don't understand, and it is a tool that can be used in all Agile organizations, even if you are not using SAFe.

 

In this workshop I will explain the principals and concepts behind the release planning of SAFe and then have the participants plan a release together.

We will experiece breaking and estimating stories, building the program board and identifying and managing dependencies and risks.

And provide the experience and knowledge needed to run this kind of release planning session back at your organization.

 

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

30 minutes overview of the release planning session in SAFe

1 hour - Team breakout #1

10 minutes - Draft plan review

30 minutes - Team Breakout #2

15 minutes - Building the program board and final plan review

10 minutes - Managing Risks

5 minutes - Confidence vote

10 monutes - Summary and debrief

 

A shorter two hour workshop is possible and will include:

 

30 minutes overview of the release planning session in SAFe

45 minutes - Team breakout #1

10 minutes - Draft plan review

15 minutes - Team Breakout #2

10 minutes - Building the program board

10 monutes - Summary and debrief

 

 

Learning Outcome

1. The role of release planning in Agile

2. Be able to run a release planning session in your organization

3. Understand the complexities of release planning in a multi-site environement and how to solve them

Target Audience

Executives, Team Leaders, Program Managers, Agile Coaches

schedule Submitted 2 years ago

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  • Joel Tosi
    By Joel Tosi  ~  2 years ago
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    Hi Inbar,

         Interesting submission.  Putting aside all of the debate around safe - what would be the tangible outcomes from this session?  Would someone taking this session be able to run a release planning session on their own or would they just see value in doing release planning?

    I ask because if it is a workshop - but then I couldn't go back and apply anything, it doesn't seem like a good workshop.  Please help me understand what I could do after this session.

    Best,

    Joel

    • Inbar Oren
      By Inbar Oren  ~  2 years ago
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      Joel hi,

       

      Thanks for your question.

       

      This is a practical workshop and I plan that people will have all the knowledge they need to be able to run such release planning sessions in their own organizations when they go back.

      I've had a lot of success running this format release planning is environemtns that use SAFe and in those that don't.

       

      Thanks again for the question,

       

      Inbar

      • Doc Norton
        By Doc Norton  ~  2 years ago
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        Inbar:

        This answer is a bit hand-wavy. Can you be more concrete? What are some examples of things one would know once they have "all the knowledge they need to be able to run such release planning sessions in their own organizations when they go back"?

        Thanks

        - Doc