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A Program Increment is a specific period in an Agile Release Train during which Agile Teams deliver software and systems. Releases can occur at any time and frequency. A Program Increment is between 8-12 weeks long and helps teams work at a specific pace and deliver results faster. At the beginning of each Iteration, Program Increment Planning takes place.
The following figure displays the Program Increment in project management:
The Iteration refers to the Agile Team, while the Program Increment is to the Agile Release Train. In the Program Increment, an entire system increment gets planned and validated.
Within a PI, there is a series of Iterations. This way, the development timeline of SAFe gets broken down into pieces. How many Iterations are inside one Program Increment is not fixed, but 8 to 12 weeks are recommended.
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