The Synergistic Nature of PI Objectives

Posted by Charlene M. Cuenca on Oct 4, 2018 11:45:00 AM
Charlene M. Cuenca

Connecting the Dots Between Goals and Outcomes

In line with the SAFe Core Values, PI Objectives create a synergistic effect between business and IT, resulting in alignment, transparency, and efficient program execution. This synergy manifests itself during the PI Planning event and continues throughout the PI Cycle as value delivered is demonstarted to the business incrementally. It has the ancillary benefit of increasing the quality of backlog items socialized to teams as part of PI Planning readiness.

Check out Charlene's presentation and gain an appreciation for how Business Value Scoring provides evidence on the amount of synergy acheived.

The Synergistic Nature of PI Objectives-Cuenca


Presented at the SAFe Summit in Washington, DC on Oct. 4, 2018

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Learning Objectives and Key Takeaways

  • How PI Objectives connect the dots between effective PI Planning preparation, the PI Event, and PI Execution
  • How PI Objectives shift focus from output (Feature/Story completion) to outcomes (Value delivery)
  • How PI Objectives foster consistent, on-going alignment between Business and IT

Want to read more about how to acheive successful program execution? Check out Charlene's article Enterprise Backlog Structure and Management, where she illustrates how to connect every level of SAFe to enable 'Continuous Program Increment (PI) Readiness.' The image below summarizes the backlog structure, primary roles responsible, and duration and scope of various backlog items.


Charlene Cuenca, SPCT


With over 24 years of professional experience, Charlene has been a leader in transforming organizations and teams into Agile and Scaled Agile best practices. Charlene has experience working with enterprise Agile initiatives with large, publicly-traded corporations, as well as the Federal Government for over 12 years. She is passionate about Agile, and enjoys helping enterprises on their journey towards organizational agility. She is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Enterprise Business Agility Strategist (EBAS), Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), Project Management Professional (PMP), SAFe Program Consultant (SPC4), SAFe Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT4), and more. Charlene has been part of several proven large scale Agile Transformations providing portfolio, program, team and leadership coaching and training. When she is not working, Charlene can be found at the beach, listening to music, spending time with family and friends, sightseeing, and knocking items off of her bucket list.

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