An Epic is a container for a significant Solution development initiative that captures the more substantial investments that occur within a portfolio. Due to their considerable scope and impact, epics require the definition of a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and approval by Lean Portfolio Management (LPM) before implementation.
A SAFe portfolio aligns strategy to execution via a collection of development value streams. Operating under a common governance model, each value stream provides one or more solutions the enterprise needs to accomplish its business mission.
The Portfolio Backlog is the highest-level backlog in SAFe. It provides a holding area for upcoming business and enabler Epics intended to create and evolve a comprehensive set of Solutions.
The Portfolio Kanban system is a method to visualize and manage the flow of portfolio Epics, from ideation through analysis, implementation, and completion. Portfolio SAFe Portfolio SAFe aligns strategy with execution and organizes solution development around the flow of value through one or more value streams.
The Portfolio Vision is a description of the future state of a portfolio’s Value Streams and Solutions and describes how they will cooperate to achieve the portfolio’s objectives and the broader aim of the Enterprise.
The portfolio level essentially funds the program and team levels, maintains key enterprise metrics, and determines the business and feature epics for the enterprise that will ultimately go on the ARTs at the program level. As expected, the portfolio level also has its own artifacts, roles, and teams.
With KVASAR you can manage easily your portfolios, linked UP with OKRs, and DOWN to programs and ARTs:
“A system is a network of interdependent components that work together to try to accomplish the aim of the system.
A system must have an aim. Without an aim, there is no system.”
—W. Edwards Deming