How to get your backlog ready for PI Planning

Backlog refinement at scale In the beginning stages of a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) adoption, Big Room Planning meetings (also called PI Planning) often start with half-baked requirements. This lack of clarity results in: Priority disagreements between Business Leaders and Product Managers Refining features during the meeting Features that are too large to be completed within a PI Features prioritized …

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What’s in a Word?

I walk into a crowded room in anticipation for my talk entitled “The Road to Agility”. I start with one simple question. “When you hear “Agile”, what words come to mind?” As the words are fired up at me, I begin the frantic exercise of jotting them down on a large whiteboard. “Incremental”, “scrum”, “speed”, “collaboration”, “teamwork”, “backlogs”, “sprint”, …

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