One of the most important events for an Agile Release Train is the PI Planning. However, the value of this event goes beyond that of a synchronization and planning meeting. It is a catalyst for the morale and emotional growth of the team of teams, it creates short-term wins and provides time for quick and effective cross-team communication. The dynamics of these 'Big Room Events' should not be limited to Agile Release Trains but extended to the organization as a whole to enable a shared corporate Agile spirit. On the other hand, it is challenging to create this social vigor whilst respecting the human cognitive constraints given by Dunbar’s number.
In the context of Lean Portfolio Management a Big Room Event can help to create alignment on organizational priorities. And in a setting of extremely complex products, such an event can help to manage dependencies within Solution Trains. In their talk, Dr. Thorsten Janning and Caroline Schmidt will share practical tools and techniques alongside stories from the field as to how they were able to use these Big Room Events at the Portfolio and Large Solution Levels to create a sense of tribal unity and the Agile spirit needed to deliver extraordinary results.