Program setup

A Program is a temporary organizational structure, used to deliver business value.

An Agile Program (also called Release Train in SAFe® ) contains a set of agile teams that work closely together.

Programs deliver features. Features are large sets of functionality. A feature contains a set of stories.

Only Ativo Agile Programs for Jira administrators can create, edit and delete programs (more info).

Feature project

Each program has one backlog list of features. This feature list is saved in a Jira project.

Features they are in Jira encoded as Epics. In this documentation, feature and epic terms are used interchangeably.

A project that contains all the features can be created as any other Jira project:

  • Click on Projects > Create new project to create a project that will contain the feature epics.
  • Select Scrum Software development as a project type.
  • Choose a name and key.

Create a program

A program can be created once the teams are created, and once the Jira project is defined that contains the features.

To create a new program:

  • Click on Create a program in the left navigation bar
  • Choose a program name and click on Create.
  • Choose the feature project which contains the list of features (epics) of the program.

    🍓 Optional: Multiple programs can share the same feature project in Jira. Click on ‘View filter’ to add a filter and select a subset of the features (epics) for this program from the Jira project.

  • Click on add team to add teams to the program. Teams can be dragged and dropped in a different order.
  • Click on Save

Modify a program configuration

To modify the configuration of an existing program:

  • Select the program in the program picker at the top of the navigation bar
  • Click on Program config at the bottom of the navigation bar.

Delete a program

When you delete a program, it is gone for good.

To delete a program:

  • Select the program in the program picker at the top of the navigation bar
  • Click on Program config at the bottom of the navigation bar.
  • Click on Delete Program at the top right of the page
  • Confirm that you want to delete the program.