As a business analyst, these terms must have been hurled at you rapidly when your project follows an agile-based development approach. Although, intuitively, some of these terms may make sense to you, establishing a clear relationship is often challenging.
Let’s try to understand all these terms with a worked-out example.
Initiatives are projects taken up to achieve a specific business objective. Typically, each initiative shall contain multiple epics that drive toward a common goal. In our example, the initiative is Creating a Mobile Learning app.
Epics are large bodies of work derived from the initiative objectives. Epics can be broken down into several Features. In our example initiative, the following ones are identified epics.