The Synergistic Nature of PI Objectives

Apr 17, 2019

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.

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

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  • 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.


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Written by Charlene M. Cuenca , SAFe Fellow, SPCT, SAFe Contributor

With over 29 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 organizations large and small, Federal Government, and Fortune 500 companies for over 17 years. She is passionate about Agile and enjoys helping enterprises on their journey towards organizational agility.

Charlene holds several certifications/designations including but not limited to SAFe Fellow, SAFe Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT), Enterprise Business Agility Strategist (EBAS), SAFe Program Consultant (SPC5), and SAFe Contributor. Charlene has been part of several proven large-scale Global Agile Transformations providing enterprise, portfolio, program, team, and Exec/Sr leadership coaching and training, across the Americas, Europe, and Asia.