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SAFe with Jira & BigPicture

‘Big Picture’ is a term coined by SAFe, right? The founding father of the BigPicture plugin for Jira has always been impressed and inspired by the Scaled Agile Framework. He is certified by SAFe®. This is why BigPicture bears its name, and this is why it features all the tools recommended by SAFe®, i.e., Roadmap, Backlog, Program board, and Risk matrix.

We can openly state it here: BigPicture is a Scaled Agile Framework plugin for Jira.

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Still, BigPicture has a couple of ‘fuses’. We truly appreciate the ‘uncertain times’. Therefore we keep developing the Gantt chart and Resources modules together with all the agile stuff. Few organizations have scaled agile 100% of their operations. Do you maintain HR, marketing, or legal departments? They will appreciate the classic, timeline-based tools available in BigPicture.

BigPicture version 8 delivers the last missing piece – the portfolio-level management and reporting. Plenty of SAFe organizations asked us: how do I display several ARTs at a time, on a single screen? Now, you can, with the new Overview module.

Now, how to set up BigPicture for the SAFe® workflow?

Two whitepapers are a detailed manual. Note that one of them touches PI Planning with BigPicture, and the other one — BigPicture & Jira Pre-Configuration for SAFe®:

In a nutshell whitepapers provide: 

  1. Create ‘Initiatives’ project
  2. Have Epic – Capability –  Feature – Story hierarchy in it
  3. Create ‘PI Objectives’ project
  4. Keep PI objectives and Iteration goals in it
  5. Make BigPicture align with Jira:
    • BigPicture PIs synchronize with Jira Program Increments
    • BigPicture iterations with Jira Sprints
    • BP teams with ‘Team’ custom field
  6. Plan Program Increments using BigPicture Roadmap
  7. Plan Iterations using BigPicture Program Board
  8. Identify risks with BigPicture Risk matrix (ROAM layout)



G subramanyam Community Leader Apr 27, 2021

Interesting plugin that needs to be explored. @Anna-SoftwarePlant would you mine speaking on this Big picture plugin to our audience?

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@G subramanyam

I am glad that you consider BigPicture an interesting tool. We will be more than happy to demonstrate how BigPicture can help organizations working with Jira embrace the SAFe framework and boost their efficiency.

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G subramanyam Community Leader Apr 27, 2021

Thank you @Anna-SoftwarePlant , could you please share your 2 available dates and time for preparing the calendar event and flash to my Agile groups and global audience.

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@G subramanyam

I have some questions regarding the audience & agenda. Could you please suggest what hours are the most convenient for the audience?

Can we discuss details via e-mail, if it's possible?

G subramanyam Community Leader Apr 29, 2021

Sorry for the delayed reply @Anna-SoftwarePlant Been in the Atlassian Team 2021 event and certification prep. I have sent you LinkedIn request to discuss on the same.


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