A business leader approached my colleague and complained, "I invested $50 million last year in new testing environments for Continuous Integration - It was a waste, we are hardly getting any benefit from it." How is it that an organization could establish a solid beginning for CI, investing in the environments, tooling and test automation and yet get little benefit. Sadly, we've seen this movie play out so many times that we know exactly what didn't happen in the organization.
Someone in your organization is telling you, "We really need to implement Continuous Integration." They have probably told you many reasons how and why your development organization will be much better, faster, higher quality, efficient, etc. once you have Continuous Integration in place. They are absolutely right - I also am convinced that if you implement Continuous Integration you will gain fantastic benefits.
The Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe) makes very clear the importance of building incrementally and prioritizing according to value (using WSJF, the “weighted shortest job first” formula). The goal is to realize the greatest value over the shortest period of time. This is one of the primary objectives in Lean-Thinking and it requires careful thought. It begins with right-sizing the “epics” in the portfolio.