The first principle in the Agile Manifesto is “individuals and interactions over processes and tools”, but in light of the COVID-19 health crisis, this has proven to be a challenge. With restrictions on travel and the need for social distancing, organizations using the Scaled Agile Framework™ (SAFe) have had to redesign and readjust related activities accordingly. Chief among them is the Program Increment (PI) Planning, which is usually a face-to-face, two-day event gathering IT and business teams to align strategically on the priorities for the three coming months.

In this strategy brief, we share key success factors and best practices to prepare and execute a remote PI Planning session with special considerations to the current situation. It covers four key areas of focus:

  • Remote PI Planning preparation
  • Remote PI Planning Agenda and Logistics
  • Remote PI Planning Tooling Strategy
  • Remote PI Planning Change Management