PI Planning for Product People
Program Increment (PI) Planning is an important ceremony for many agile groups since it helps creates alignment within a team and organization by creating short term targets for everyone to rally around. This ceremony can be especially important when you have many teams working towards the same objectives since it requires coordinating schedules and creating goals within each team that drive toward the same mission. As product owners and managers, it is our responsibility to bring the customers’ perspective into planning events to ensure that the right work is being prioritized. But gaining alignment and helping our teams develop and execute these plans can be challenging, which means we have a lot of work to do in pre-planning and during planning events to help make things successful. In this talk, we will be covering the key activities around PI Planning plus some of the best lessons we’ve learned from coordinating actions around risks and dependencies to facilitating prioritization conversations to communicating how team goals contribute to business objectives.
Outline/Structure of the Talk
We'll review what PI planning (or whatever your train/product calls it) is, then cover some strategies for alignment, continuous improvement, and iteration including WSJF, hackathons, and other ideas.
Audience members should understand some of the important goals of semi-longterm planning and how they can provide support for it to their teams and the train.
Anyone interested in learning about other ways to help their team/train/product with mid to long term planning