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What is the Program board in my plan?

This page refers to the advanced planning features that are only available as part of Jira Cloud Premium and Enterprise.


The Program Board interface gives planners visibility into the work, priorities, and dependencies of multiple teams so they can plan for the upcoming quarter (approx. 12 weeks). It can be used by all planners, but it’s been optimized to support Program Increment Planning rituals (also called Program planning or Quarterly planning), which are an essential part of the SAFe planning methodology.

This view focuses on issues at the level 1, level 0, and level -1 hierarchy levels (commonly referred to as the Epic, Story, and Subtask levels). Any custom hierarchy levels above Epic, such as Initiative, won’t show on this view. Read more about hierarchy levels in Jira.

The Program board is still in Beta

The version of the Program board you’ll see on your site is still under development. In the near future, we’ll be adding more features and capabilities. In the meantime, there are a few caveats you should know about:

  • The Program Board isn’t designed for real-time collaborative planning sessions (such as Big Room Planning). It doesn't yet accommodate a large number of inputs (like you’d find in a Big Room Planning session). For now, we recommend using a whiteboarding tool alongside the Program board.

  • The Program board represents a 12-week period. When you create your Program board, Jira creates six columns that each represent an iteration lasting two weeks. The length of the quarter and the number of columns can’t be changed yet.

  • Each plan can support two active program boards. A Program board is considered active if its end date is in the future. Once a Program board’s end date passes, the board is completed and no longer counts against your allotment of active boards.

As this feature is still under construction, we’re interested in hearing your feedback on what you like, what you don’t like, and what you want to see added. Use the Give feedback button in your plan to tell us what you think!

To get started with your Program board, select Program from the left side navigation then select Create program board. See what the Program board shows.

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