Program Increment Planning Board

What is a PI Planning Board?

A program increment (PI) planning board is an essential part of the Scaled agile framework or SAFe®.

The PI board gives management visibility into dependendencies and highlights potential risks to delivering a project on time.

Multiple PI boards can show the relationship between planned work and fixed or actual work as teams progress through their sprints.

PI Planning Board

The Problem with Other PI Planning Solutions

Most PI planning is first done on a whiteboard. This is great for getting everyone on the same page, however it's not connected to any data and it's not easily shared or updated.

Other specialized PI planning software and add-ons require you to capture data in specific ways and restructure team workflows. Changing team workflows and behavior in a large enterprise is a challenge most organizations don't want to deal with.

VisualScript's PI Planning Board Solution

VisualScript's PI planning board solution is adaptive and flexible. Using VisualScript, large organizations can deploy digital program incrememnt planning with minimal impact on their current workflows.

VisualScript PI board follows a standard program increment board format and will scale across multiple teams, projects and even Jira instances with the help of custom fields.

For many, the solution will work with little to to no code out of the box. VisualScript is also fully customizable so you can easily customize and tweak the built-in solution to match your needs and data structure.

How it Works

To generate a PI planning boarding using VisualScript, you'll need VisualScript installed on your Jira or Confluence instance. Once VisualScript is added to your instance, you can find all the built-in reports as either gadgets to be added to a dashboard in Jira or macros to be used on a page in Confluence.

Choose Program Increment Planning Board to add to your page or dashboard and click "Run."

You'll be asked to provide a project key. You can enter multiple project names separated by commas.

Next, you'll need to add Sprint names separated by commas.

The last bit of data VisualScript needs to generate the PI board is information about how your team information is stored in Jira. By default, VisualScript assumes Components are used to represent teams.

Once the PI board is generated, you'll notice the color of epics represents their status: to do is blue, in progress is yellow, and done is green. Dependency lines will show in red.

VisualScript's digitized PI planning solution can save large organizations the cost and labor associated with in-person PI planning events.

Customize to Fit Your Needs

While VisualScript offers a no-code solution that will work out of the box for many teams, you can also make adjustments easily to fit your teams' workflows. With minimal effort, VisualScript will adapt to how your data is structured and generate custom PI planning boards.

We even have friendly engineers who will help you get started.

ARM IT uses VisualScript for PI Planning

ARM IT uses VisualScript to supplement their in-person PI planning events to provide a real-time dashboard to their teams.

Their implemention of VisualScript's PI planning board uses ScriptRunner to generate code that is exposed to VisualScript using a REST endpoint. You can read the case study here.

If you're interested in how their PI planning boards were created, read about our collaboration with Adaptavist and ScriptRunner.

Get a Custom Report Free

VisualScript makes it easy to customize any of the built-in reports. We'd like to invite you to join our special Proof-of-Concept program to help you get started with VisualScript. This program includes an extended evaluation and one-on-one collaboration with one of our developers to help you implement a report.

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