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Agile Program Management

Agile Program Management

The Agile Program Management capability’s enablers include Program Backlog Management, Team of Teams Planning and Management, and Program Execution. Each capability within the Planview Capability Framework has a distinct set of features and functionality, business processes, best practices, and analytics and reports that deliver value to customers in the form of specific business outcomes.

Agile Program Management Processes

Agile Program Management allows your teams of teams to track and manage program backlogs, quarterly planning, and the program plan. To achieve this, all work is visualized on program Kanban boards aligned to a preferred work methodology and process. Teams of teams can see backlogged and current work in the program plan and coordinate organizational initiatives quickly, effectively, and with clarity into the value delivered. 

           

Program Backlog Management Process Steps

Program backlog management supports visualizing all work on program Kanban boards aligned to a preferred work methodology and process. ​

           

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Program backlog management process flow

           

Process Step Description
Create features Break epics down into discrete features for the teams to break into stories.
Describe and categorize features Clearly define a goal for each feature that teams can work toward.
Estimate size Realistically assess the scope of the work that will be required to complete each feature.

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Capture relevant prioritization information Rate each feature using criteria to determine how much value the feature will deliver and how long the feature will take to complete. 

           

           

Team of Teams Planning and Management Process Steps

Team of teams planning and management provides a structure to carry out quarterly planning. It provides teams and teams of teams with a way to visualize, plan, and coordinate organizational initiatives quickly, effectively, and with clarity into the value delivered. ​

           

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Team of teams planning and management

           

Process Step Description
Set capacity for each team using WIP limits Create Work in Progress (WIP) limits for each timebox, such as program increments, to set reasonable expectations for the capacity in each timebox.

Use card scoring to rank and prioritize features

Add cards with work you want to evaluate to the Card Scoring panel in LeanKit, and select a metric or custom template to measure cards against the criteria most relevant to your team's purpose. 

Card scoring provides you a visual snapshot of your most valuable work by value, urgency, cost, and alignment to your organization's overall strategy.

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Carry out visual capacity planning

Schedule features for specific timeboxes (such as program increments), respecting the previously set WIP limits to avoid overloading teams.

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Schedule features into appropriate timebox (e.g., sprint)

Spread feature cards across the available timeboxes to avoid overloading teams with work.

           

           

Program Execution Process Steps

Program execution supports agile team of teams’ ability to execute the program plan and monitor progress.​

           

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Program execution process flow

           

Process Step Description

Deliver features through underlying stories

Agile teams develop and complete user stories for the features to deliver business value. Features are complete when all underlying stories are finished.

Monitor progress through key results

Associate relevant LeanKit cards to the key results. The cards should represent the activities to be completed to achieve the key results.

Periodically review the current state of key results to see whether teams are making progress toward the objective.