This is beyond my ken, so I seek the wisdom of the group.
I was part of a conversation about what to do if your PI planning session suffers from real lack of confidence in their ability to estimate upcoming work. What do you do to make a PI Big Room session work and give some reasonable indication of upcoming capacity?
Some of the ideas I was given by a colleague are as follows:
There are preconditions to make PI planning hum and the estimates useful.
Planning (about 2 weeks prior to the event) including;
- Stable estimation teams. People need to know who they are working with so there isn’t any loss of time and get to work together
- Firm features - If the features aren’t ready to be estimated (DoR) side of things then estimating turns from a reasonable guess to a shot in the dark
- Strong facilitation lead by a facilitator that really knows how to run the room.
- Understanding that once a capacity is reached, trying to stuff more on to the train is madness
- Getting the right people in the room. If there is a domain expert that will be needed for an estimate or review, have them there
- Visible dates for the event and a list of people that must be there no “ands”, “ifs” or “buts”
Also noted, was that PI Planning was like sprints, they in that they improve over time; that it isn’t about getting it all right, it is about getting better each time. That the facilitator should probably be tracking that.
Better to roughly right than exactly wrong