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PI Planning (Program Increment Planning) is the term for the planning process itself and for the face-to-face event where all Agile Teams of an Agile Release Train plan the next Program Increment together. This two-day event occurs with every PI change (every 8-12 weeks) and is organized by the Release Train Engineer.
Roughly, the agenda of a PI Planning event contains the following steps:
The main outputs of a successful PI Planning event are:
The PI Planning event aligns the ART to share a vision and mission. The goal of the PI Planning event is to structure Agile Teams and involve them in the planning and prioritization process of features. When there is no PI Planning, SAFe® is not implemented correctly.
The following figures display PI Planning in a Enterprise Agile Planning Tool:
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Simply put, PI Planning is a two-day event that brings the entire Agile Release Train (ART) together every 8-12 weeks to align teams and stakeholders around a common vision and mission.
Agile teams, project owners, and other stakeholders come together to strategically plan the upcoming Program Increment. It is facilitated by the Release Train Engineer (RTE).