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SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) with Structure

Everyone uses the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) a bit differently, but Structure is highly customizable and easy to tailor to your specific SAFe needs.

Step 1: Build a SAFe Structure

To create a structure for SAFe: 

  1. Open the Structure Selector menu and select Create New Structure
  2. Add initiatives: +Add | Insert | JQL Query | enter the appropriate JQL, such as "Project = 'project name' AND issuetype = initiative"
  3. (For non-Jira Plans users) Add epics below initiatives: +Add | Extend | Linked Items | choose the type and direction used to assign Epics to Initiatives, such as "Implements" or "Parent (Advanced Roadmaps)"
  4. Add the rest of your issues: +Add | Extend | Child issues | under Add, select Issues under epics, Sub-tasks, and (for Jira Plan users) Jira Plans hierarchy.
  5. Sort by rank: +Add | Sort | Field | select "Rank"

If you use a custom field for planning, such as Planning Increments, you can group issues by this field as well: +Add | Group | select the custom field

Step 2: Add Data

Next, add the data you need to track by clicking the button at the top-right corner of the structure. You can add as many columns as you need, including:

  • Jira fields, such as status, assignee, sprint, or remaining estimate
  • Progress - track status based on issue progress, percent completion, or resolution
  • Formulas - create your own formulas to compare fields or create a visual report
  • Tempo Work Logged - track how long your team is spending on each issue

Once you've added your columns, you can aggregate the data up the structure. To do so, open the column you want to aggregate and select Sum over sub-items.

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