Program Increment Goal

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PI goals are a set of summarized instructions to represent the business and technical parts of a goal that an agile development or release train must achieve. They form the foundation for planning and aligning a program increment’s results — the use of PI objectives aids in knowing what needs to be done. As a result, the information contained in the PI objectives is effectively presented to business owners or stakeholders, educating them about the product and validating the team’s understanding of the subject. In the end, team members and stockholders try their best to achieve these committed goals.

Program Increment Goal

Program Increment objectives list the commercial and technical objectives that an agile team or training program expects to accomplish in the following Program Increment (PI). During PI Planning, teams set goals for the upcoming Program Increment, that is, the items they hope to accomplish (PI).

Why Does a Team Need to Set PI Objectives?

Many people now believe that the teams’ job on a SAFe Agile Release Train (ART) is to function as a software factory, cranking out the Features that the Product Manager has chosen.

For an Agile Release Train (ART) to be a high-performing group of teams, the teams must look beyond the features and accept responsibility for achieving the goals. This entails various tasks not included or linked explicitly with the Feature list. If we want empowered agile teams, we need to give them the freedom to set their own goals rather than relying on a pre-determined list.

How To Develop the PI Objective?

 Business owners, Stakeholders, product managers, and agile teams explore potential future PI objectives before beginning work during iteration. What are the stories that are ready to be worked on? Do the stories assist the company in achieving the solution’s goal? The conversation continues during PI Planning. The team carefully plans each of the PI’s iteration panels and stories. The team creates its Team PI objective once the PI’s iteration boards are available. The team assembles components and features to accomplish a few PI objectives. As they contribute business value to the Team PI aim, the company owner and product manager outline the business intent’s approach and framework. As they work toward achieving the PI goal, the team uses this critical information. The business owner, system architect, product manager, and the agile team all agree on the final Team PI objective after the PI Planning event.

Short-Term Commitments

Short-term commitments are communicated across the company during the PI in addition to team-based alignment. (The length of a Program Increment is typically five iterations.) There are typically two weeks between each iteration) When each RTE has completed the PI Planning event, they summarize their agile teams’ Team PI goals into (ART) Program PI plans. Each Solution Train Engineer (STE) converts the Program Performance Objectives (PPOs) of their ARTs to Solution Performance Objectives (SPOs). The provable and meaningful goal for the PI’s output can be viewed from several viewpoints due to this process. It ensures that each layer is on track without affecting the other layers in the process. These short-term (PI) pledges provide validation of existing roadmaps and data for plans.     

Advantages of PI Goals

By using PI Objectives, a Team can easily measure the value its organization provides. Having a clear set of objectives for each team helps agile teams focus on the big picture rather than focusing on the details of each work. By focusing on business intent, Faster delivers value with a small-time box and the capacity to measure value. Another advantage of setting PI Objectives is generating roadmaps and predictions at every level of the SAFe enterprise, including ART, Solutions, and Portfolio. It is easy to overlook PI Objectives if applied correctly; they can give the team meaningful information.


The committed targets should be SMART, like the team PI objectives. The program PI goals may describe business enablers, features, or other commercial or technical goals like the team PI goals. Create an Agile Release Train at a program increment planning gathering (ART). The ART focuses on rapid, flexible development by aligning vision, risks, planning, and dependencies. 

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