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Turning Up the Magic in PI Planning

Sep 30, 2021

Presentation at the Global SAFe Summit Online 2021.

Mob Programming thought leader Woody Zuill suggests that instead of always focusing on solving problems, we also take the time to notice the things that are going well and amplify them, thereby "turning up the good". When it comes to SAFe, Dean Leffingwell perhaps said it best: "There is no magic in SAFe . . . except maybe for PI Planning." I suspect most of you agree that PI Planning is the magic in SAFe. There is nothing quite like the energy created by bringing 100+ people together to build a collaborative plan over a couple of days every 10 to 12 weeks.

So what would it mean to "turn up the good in PI Planning"? If we focused on what is good and what we want more of, would we get more magic?! For Em and Adrienne, the answer is a resounding "Yes!" In this session, they take "The Facilitator’s Guide to PI Planning" and illustrate how turning up the good can bring your PI Planning magic to the next level.

Learning Outcomes

  • The benefits of turning up the good over always focusing on problem-solving.
  • How to identify the good in PI Planning (and any other part of SAFe).
  • Proven techniques you can add to your PI Planning events in order to turn up the good.

Note: To view this video, you must be a Scaled Agile Community member. A 12-month Scaled Agile Community membership is included with every certified SAFe training course.

Turning up the Magic in PI Planning
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