Creating Portfolio Backlogs
The portfolio level is the highest-level backlog in SAFe. The portfolio backlog contains the prioritized list of portfolio investment items in the form of Business and enabler EPICs. Portfolio epics are analyzed in sufficient detail to establish the feasibility of the work, demonstrate business viability, develop a Lean business case, and describe the MVP. Guidance on Portfolio Backlogs is provided in the SAFe article at https://www.scaledagileframework.com/portfolio-backlog/.
Marshaling investments across planning horizons
SAFE’s LPM competency implements Portfolio Kanban boards to visualize and monitor the progress of investment option assessments across four planning Horizons. One of the primary responsibilities of the portfolio teams is to honestly assess identified investment priorities in terms of value, determine what’s possible in the short run, and to move out lower-priority investments into future planning Horizons.