17 Truths about PSI/Release Objectives

By Alex Yakyma.

PSI (Release) Objectives are defined in Scaled Agile Framework as a key alignment tool that teams use within the agile program. For definition and key characteristics, we refer the reader to the original article on PSI Objectives in SAFe.

PSI Objectives are actually not a trivial concept, as is, in fact, the case for anything describing complex aspects of software engineering at scale. That's why it is important that agile teams, program stakeholders, consultants and coaches understand PSI Objectives and their correct application. In this post I will try to provide simple, understandable, compact and actionable points regarding PSI/Release Objectives. Even though unordered, they are useful as they represent answers to common queries:
  1. PSI Objectives are not features from the Program Backlog. They can directly correspond to features sometimes, but not necessarily always.
  2. PSI Objectives are the key output of PSI/Release planning event. Every team has their objectives sheet as a result of planning.
  3. Business value, assigned to each objective by business owners, should be interpreted unambiguously by both stakeholders and the team.
  4. Business value has nothing to do with the effort involved. It only shows you "how much useful stuff is there" for the business.
  5. PSI Objectives are kind of a "reality check". While top N Features from the Program Backlog are the idealistic plan of intent, PSI objectives reflect them in the real world: what contribution is required from different teams? What are the different aspects, such as research, infrastructure, design enablement, etc.?
  6. If a team does not have Stretch Objectives, then they either honestly believe in the fixed scope game or they are made to believe in it. Either way it has nothing to do with agile development.
  7. Business Owners should be able to understand all PSI Objectives and their business value; otherwise, they likely lack some members of the Business Owner team (such as system or enterprise architect, infrastructure manager etc.)
  8. PSI Objectives may reflect scope that does not originate from Program Backlog – for instance, the team's technical debt, maintenance, other commitments (routine releases, patches, etc.), improvement initiatives, infrastructure and process related effort, etc.
  9. PSI objectives are used by teams at every Backlog Grooming, sprint planning and sprint demo event to ensure that they are on track.
  10. There's no direct correlation between feature priorities (WSJF) and the business value of the PSI objectives, which the feature spawns on different teams' objectives sheets. However, if the feature is important, then at least one of the corresponding objectives will have a relatively high business value (but not necessarily all).
  11. PSI Objectives are the main communication protocol between stakeholders and teams both at PSI/Release planning, execution and Demo.
  12. The same PSI Objective may create multiple business effects, all of which should be considered when assigning business value. Thinking in terms of business effects creates the foundation for alignment.
  13. S.M.A.R.T. PSI Objectives are context dependent. Besides the basic requirements of S.M.A.R.T.-ness, different organizations evolve their own understanding of what the quality PSI objectives are in their own specific case. It is important to capture these context-specific characteristics as early as possible.
  14. PSI Objectives are used at Scrum-of-Scrums, PO/PM meetings, and as system demos.
  15. Business Value is always considered at a current moment of time. If something is only valuable in the distant future, it should get high business value in the future, but not right now.
  16. Business Value does not determine the sequence in which PSI objectives are taken into development by the team. Business value only shows what to expect as a result.
  17. Normally PSI Objectives may be accomplished with reduced scope. This only means that the achieved business value will be lower than the planned one, but key business expectations can still be met.    
Figure 1. PSI/Release Objectives are the primary tool for alignment within agile program
 Understanding PSI objectives is very important for business alignment. Programs and teams realize they are able to deliver value effectively, as they really come to understand what they are building and why. By having a set of clear, committed to, PSI Objectives, every team will know how to be efficient within the program. PSI Objectives enable a program to become a self-organized team of teams – a key mechanism for agility at scale.    



32 comments:

  1. INTERNATIONAL CONCEPT OF WORK FROM HOME
    Work from home theory is fast gaining popularity because of the freedom and flexibility that comes with it. Since one is not bound by fixed working hours, they can schedule their work at the time when they feel most productive and convenient to them. Women & Men benefit a lot from this concept of work since they can balance their home and work perfectly. People mostly find that in this situation, their productivity is higher and stress levels lower. Those who like isolation and a tranquil work environment also tend to prefer this way of working. Today, with the kind of communication networks available, millions of people worldwide are considering this option.

    Women & Men who want to be independent but cannot afford to leave their responsibilities at home aside will benefit a lot from this concept of work. It makes it easier to maintain a healthy balance between home and work. The family doesn't get neglected and you can get your work done too. You can thus effectively juggle home responsibilities with your career. Working from home is definitely a viable option but it also needs a lot of hard work and discipline. You have to make a time schedule for yourself and stick to it. There will be a time frame of course for any job you take up and you have to fulfill that project within that time frame.

    There are many things that can be done working from home. A few of them is listed below that will give you a general idea about the benefits of this concept.

    Baby-sitting
    This is the most common and highly preferred job that Women & Men like doing. Since in today's competitive world both the parents have to work they need a secure place to leave behind their children who will take care of them and parents can also relax without being worried all the time. In this job you don't require any degree or qualifications. You only have to know how to take care of children. Parents are happy to pay handsome salary and you can also earn a lot without putting too much of an effort.

    Nursery
    For those who have a garden or an open space at your disposal and are also interested in gardening can go for this method of earning money. If given proper time and efforts nursery business can flourish very well and you will earn handsomely. But just as all jobs establishing it will be a bit difficult but the end results are outstanding.

    Freelance
    Freelance can be in different wings. Either you can be a freelance reporter or a freelance photographer. You can also do designing or be in the advertising field doing project on your own. Being independent and working independently will depend on your field of work and the availability of its worth in the market. If you like doing jewellery designing you can do that at home totally independently. You can also work on freelancing as a marketing executive working from home. Wanna know more, email us on workfromhome.otr214424@gmail.com and we will send you information on how you can actually work as a marketing freelancer.


    Internet related work
    This is a very vast field and here sky is the limit. All you need is a computer and Internet facility. Whatever field you are into work at home is perfect match in the software field. You can match your time according to your convenience and complete whatever projects you get. To learn more about how to work from home, contact us today on workfromhome.otr214424@gmail.comand our team will get you started on some excellent work from home projects.


    Diet food
    Since now a days Women & Men are more conscious of the food that they eat hence they prefer to have homemade low cal food and if you can start supplying low cal food to various offices then it will be a very good source of income and not too much of efforts. You can hire a few ladies who will help you out and this can be a good business.

    Thus think over this concept and go ahead.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi Alex,
    I wish there were more information about assigning the achieved business value. I'm finding teams hate this exercise because they feel it's demoralizing. Teams begin to pit themselves against each other because one team got a better "grade" than another. It's a difficult exercise to go through. Is this intended to be a grading exercise of the teams productivity? I would think not. I'm treating it as an exercise to give the teams visibility into what the market demands are. Can you explain what the intent of this exercise is please?
    Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Good information to know and right to the point on career. Thanks for this well written post related to search jobs , i’ll follow up for more updates if you keep posting them.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Obat Aborsi,,
    Nice bag you can earn money from that
    Thanks for your posting
    Visit me @, Jual Obat Penggugur kandungan,,

    ReplyDelete
  5. Simply desire to say your article is as amazing. The clarity in your post is just cool and i can assume you are an expert on this subject. Fine with your permission let me to grab your feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please continue the rewarding work. itunes login account

    ReplyDelete
  6. Amazing article. Your blog helped me to improve myself in many ways thanks for sharing this kind of wonderful informative blogs in live. I have bookmarked more article from this website. Such a nice blog you are providing ! Kindly Visit Us @ Best Travels in Madurai | Tours and Travels in Madurai | Madurai Travels

    ReplyDelete

  7. Information from this blog is very useful for me, am very happy to read this blog Kindly visit us @ Luxury Watch Box | Shoe Box Manufacturer |  Candle Packaging Boxes

    ReplyDelete
  8. Interesting information and attractive.This blog is really rocking... Yes, the post is very interesting and I really like it.I never seen articles like this. I meant it's so knowledgeable, informative, and good looking site. I appreciate your hard work. Good job.
    Kindly visit us @
    Sathya Online Shopping
    Online AC Price | Air Conditioner Online | AC Offers Online | AC Online Shopping
    Inverter AC | Best Inverter AC | Inverter Split AC
    Buy Split AC Online | Best Split AC | Split AC Online
    LED TV Sale | Buy LED TV Online | Smart LED TV | LED TV Price
    Laptop Price | Laptops for Sale | Buy Laptop | Buy Laptop Online
    Full HD TV Price | LED HD TV Price
    Buy Ultra HD TV | Buy Ultra HD TV Online
    Buy Mobile Online | Buy Smartphone Online in India

    ReplyDelete
  9. The article is very interesting and very understood to be read, may be useful for the people. I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoyed every little bit of it. I have to bookmarked to check out new stuff on your post. Thanks for sharing the information keep updating, looking forward for more posts..
    Kindly visit us @
    Madurai Travels
    Best Travels in Madurai
    Cabs in Madurai
    Tours and Travels in Madurai

    ReplyDelete
  10. Excellent Blog. I really want to admire the quality of this post. I like the way of your presentation of ideas, views and valuable content. No doubt you are doing great work. I’ll be waiting for your next post. Thanks .Keep it up! Kindly visit us @
    Christmas Gift Boxes | Wallet Box
    Perfume Box Manufacturer | Candle Packaging Boxes | Luxury Leather Box | Luxury Clothes Box | Luxury Cosmetics Box
    Shoe Box Manufacturer | Luxury Watch Box

    ReplyDelete
  11. Wow, what an awesome spot to spend hours and hours! It's beautiful and I'm also surprised that you had it all to yourselves!
    Kindly visit us @ Best HIV Treatment in India | Top HIV Hospital in India | HIV AIDS Treatment in Mumbai | HIV Specialist in Bangalore
    HIV Positive Treatment in India | Medicine for AIDS in India

    ReplyDelete
  12. نجد أن أسعار الشركة بسيطة للغاية ، لأنها كافية لأدنى ربح ممكن ، وتستخدم مجموعة من كبار الاقتصاديين لتقليل منحنى التكلفة الإجمالية إلى أقصى حد ممكن. ادفع نقدًا ، وللعميل العزيز حرية اختيار الطريقة التي تناسبك.
    شركة النجوم لخدمات التنظيف
    شركة كشف تسربات المياه بمكة
    شركة تنظيف بمكة
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بمكة

    ReplyDelete
  13. awesome blog it's very nice and useful i got many more information it's really nice i like your blog styleweb design company in velachery

    ReplyDelete