A how to “Setup the brand new Timebox Planning Widget v3.0.4 with sophisticated SAFe PI Planning and Program/Dependency Board support” video has just been published …

Learn how to setup this brand new widget  … featuring also a TEASER

and YES, you get it for free as a goodie
and NO, not everything free is bad … convince yourself …

you are welcome to download it for free from



Speed Up SAFe Program Increment Planning with the New RTC Dependency Board Widget V3 with integrated Absence Management

At IBM’s InterConnect 2017 (Session HDR-1406) we are going to present and demo the brand new Timebox Planning Widget V3 with SAFe Dependency/Program Board support and integrated Absence Management

You are welcome to join us !



New Features coming with Timbox Planning Widget V3

sophisticated dependency management and visualization

choose between the visualization of all dependencies or just the one you are pointing at


drag & drop shows the dependencies constantly in the correct color according to your definition in the setup



simplified and improved Settings

choose to see the Program- or Team Level



choose which Work Items shall represent your Program- and Team-Level
(any customized Work Item types are supported)



color your Work Items by Team or Project/ART  



choose your favorit colors for the Dependency Arrows



new toggle button in order to visualize also Work Items with zero Story Points



integrated Absence Management

absences of team members are shown in the Release Plan by simply elevating the base level



define how team member absences in days shall be represented in Story Points




Timebox Planning Widget V2.9.0 with new Feature “show dependencies” supports SAFe’s Program Board

SAFe defines the Program Board as follows



As a matter of fact, Rational Team Concert (RTC) does not, including IBM’s additional SAFe support, provide a similar visualization out-of-the-box. Therefore we have decided to implement a brand new feature named “show dependencies” into the Timebox Planning Widget V3

This Feature is planned to be available as freeware in coming fall 2016.

Feature Description:
– the context menu of the Work Item shall provide a new entry named “dependencies of” (see arrow named “!!! NEW !!!”)
– two sub-menus “this Work Item” and “all Work Items shall be provided
– selecting the menu “this Work Item” will draw the arrows shown below visualizing the Work Item links “depends on – blocks”
– selecting the menu “all Work Items” will draw all dependencies of the presented Work Items
– the arrow shall be GREEN if the depending Work Item is planned for a Sprint which is after the Sprint of the blocking Work Item
– vice-versa the arrow shall be RED

– in case both Work Items are planned in the same Sprint the arrow shall be RED as well ( -> color to be discussed)
– if a Sprint has not yet an end date defined the arrow shall be GREY (not shown below)
– the direction of the arrow starts from the blocking and ends in the depending Work Item
– selecting the menu “Deselect” will remove the visualization with the arrows



The discussion is open and your feedback very appreciated

Do you like this new Feature?
Does it support you in applying SAFe?
Could you use this new Feature for your Dependency/Program Board?

Please also see my blog entry at jazz.net/safe

Did you like TETRIS when you were a kid?

  • Is Scrum and/or SAFe the Framework you want to go for?
  • Are you in Systems Engineering with HW, FW and SW Teams and need to maintain a rolling lookahead plan with lots of dependencies?
  • Are your Teams distributed all over the world?

If you can answer some of the questions with YES I highly recommend you to give the brand new Timebox Planning Widget V2.8.7 with SAFe support a chance.

It fully supports SAFe on the Levels Value Stream, Program and Team

Of course we contribute this Plugin to the community for free.
Moreover, Rational Team Concert (RTC) is free for up to 10 Team Members

the Timebox Planning Widget is ready to download

HowTos are available on Youtube

Your feedback is very welcome