The Portfolio Management process blade addresses how an organization goes about identifying, prioritizing, organizing, and governing their various initiatives. Disciplined Agile® (DA™) Portfolio Management seeks to do this in an effective and streamlined manner that maximizes the creation of business value in a long-term sustainable manner. Initiatives typically include solution delivery projects, stable product development teams, business experiments (along the lines of a lean startup strategy), and the operation of existing customer offerings (products and services).
In Disciplined Agile (DA) we define an organization’s portfolio as its collection of potential and existing initiatives. Initiatives include projects, programs, service teams, and product teams. Initiatives also include the operational systems and processes required to support your organizational infrastructure and customer infrastructure. Furthermore, we consider the full lifecycle of an initiative, from initial idea, to development, to operation and evolution, and eventually to retirement.