Cluster Cycle Transfer within the Inter Cycle Week

The Cluster Cycle  is a kind of large iteration at the Cluster level , it could also be called a “cluster iteration”. A similar cycle is usually also used for the Portfolio level of the entire Organization . The Cycle consists of several Iterations , a preamble consisting of   Cluster Planning and a trailer consisting of Cluster Review and Cluster Retrospective. Since these events take a significant amount of time, the P4 Framework provides for a complete week every quarter, which is referred to as an Inter Cycle Week. This approach does not confuse the iteration events, which always take place on the same day of the week.

The Inter Cycle Week is exactly between the Iterations of two Cycles and starts on the day after the Team Retrospectives, not on the following Monday. It ends the previous Cycle with a Cluster Review and a Cluster Retrospective (together with a Portfolio Review and an Organizational Retrospective if the Organization level also uses Cycles) and starts the next Cycle with Cluster Planning (with a previous Portfolio Planning, if applicable). The following picture illustrates this:


CPL=Cluster-Planning, CRef=Cluster-Backlog-Refinement, CRv=Cluster-Review, CRt=Cluster-Retrospective


Further suitable links:

Events Roles Groups Artifacts
Team Planning

Team Sync

Team Backlog Refinement

Team Review

Team Retrospective


Cluster Planning

Cluster Sync

Cluster Backlog Refinement

Cluster Review

Cluster Retrospective


Portfolio Planning

Organisation Sync

Portfolio Refinement

Portfolio Review

Organisation Retrospective

Team Product Owner

Team System Engineer

Team Scrum Master


Cluster Product Owner

Cluster System Engineer

Cluster Scrum Master


Portfolio Owner

Portfolio Architect

Organisation Scrum Master

Working Team

Community of Practice


Team Product Owner Group

Team System Engineer Group

Team Scrum Master Group

Cluster Management Circle


Cluster Product Owner Group

Cluster System Engineer Group

Cluster Scrum Master Group

Organisation Management Circle

Team Backlog

Inspectable Results

Team DoD

Team Improvement Backlog


Cluster Backlog

Usable Knowledge & System Increment

Cluster DoD

Cluster Improvement Backlog


Portfolio Backlog

Systems & Applications

System Platforms & Variants

Organisation DoD

Organisation Improvement Backlog