Why Disciplined Agile?

True business agility comes from freedom, not frameworks. Disciplined Agile helps you learn about your project options and guides you to your best next step.

What is Disciplined Agile?

Disciplined Agile is a process-decision and people-first tool kit that provides straightforward agile guidance to help individuals, teams, and organizations to increase effectiveness to their best way of working (WoW). Apply and evolve your WoW in a context-sensitive manner with this people-first, learning-oriented hybrid agile approach. It has a risk-value delivery lifecycle, is goal-driven, and is enterprise aware. The fundamental advice is to start where you are, do the best you can given the situation that you face, and always strive to improve.

One of the great advantages of agile and lean is the wealth of practices, techniques, and strategies available to you. This is also one of its greatest challenges because without something like the DA tool kit it’s difficult to know what to choose and how to fit them together. In many ways Disciplined Agile (DA) does the “heavy process lifting” for you in that it shows how all of these great ideas fit together.

Organizations that adopt Disciplined Agile go to market sooner, deliver value faster, and make their customers happier.

Some of the Sources for Disciplined Agile

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What Can DA Do for You?

When you pair freedom to choose from the best of Agile with guidance to understand and narrow your options, you get Disciplined Agile. As project managers, we know WoW isn’t a one size fits all. Teams need to have the flexibility (and tools) to choose and evolve their ways of working to meet the unique and changing situations they face. In our current environment, it’s more important than ever to have the tools and practical knowledge to respond to change effectively.

One of the great advantages of agile and lean is the wealth of practices, techniques, and strategies available to you. This is also one of its greatest challenges because without something like the DA tool kit it’s difficult to know what to choose and how to fit them together. In many ways Disciplined Agile (DA) does the “heavy process lifting” for you in that it shows how all of these great ideas fit together, enabling you to get on with delighting your customers.

Disciplined Agile helps you Choose Your WoW for the unique situation you find yourself in. The DA Toolkit shows you how to effectively combine strategies from Scrum, Agile Modeling, Extreme Programming, Kanban, Agile Data, SAFe®, and many other approaches in a tailorable and scalable manner. The end result is true business agility.

Five Agile Certifications to Earn

Meet the four Disciplined Agile certifications that join PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) to create a comprehensive suite of agile training and certifications that extends beyond any single agile approach.

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True Agility Starts Here

 

Reasons for Attaining a Disciplined Agile Certification

  • Increase your knowledge. DA certification requires a comprehensive understanding of Disciplined Agile Delivery, which in turn describes how all aspects of agile principles and practices fit together in an enterprise-class environment.
  • Demonstrate your professionalism. DA certification indicates to employers your dedication to improving your knowledge and skills.
  • Advance your career. As you demonstrate your increased knowledge base and leadership, DA certification can help you attain that new position or role.

The Components of the DA Tool Kit

Disciplined Agile is focused on the project decisions you need to consider, the options available to you, and the trade-offs associated with these options.

Within any given team you can use DA to identify the intents and the activities you should address so you can make context-specific choices that are the best for your situation. In practice, DA considers four views:  

  1. Mindset. DA builds on the foundations of agile and lean to address enterprise realities.
  2. People. DA describes the roles, responsibilities, and team structures you should have in place.
  3. Flow. DA describes the dynamic aspects of processes via lifecycle and workflow diagrams.
  4. Practices. DA outlines the techniques that move your team forward, using straightforward goal diagrams that provide a high-level picklist of practices.

Disciplined Agile Mindset

The Disciplined Agile (DA) mindset is captured in the form of principles, promises, and guidelines. Disciplined agilists believe in the DA principles, so we promise to adopt these behaviours and follow these guidelines when doing so. There is a purpose for each aspect of the mindset:

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  • Principles. The principles provide a philosophical foundation for business agility. They are based on both lean and flow concepts.
  • Promises. The promises are agreements that we make with our fellow teammates, our stakeholders, and other people within our organization whom we interact with. The promises define a collection of disciplined behaviours that enable us to collaborate effectively and professionally.
  • Guidelines. These guidelines help us to be more effective in our way of working (WoW) and in improving our WoW over time.

Understand the Four Levels of the DA Tool Kit

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The DA tool kit is organized into four layers.  Click on the list below for information on each layer. 

1. Foundation

The Foundation layer provides the conceptual underpinnings of the DA tool kit. This includes the principles, promises, and guidelines of the DA mindset; fundamental concepts from both agile and lean; fundamental concepts from serial/traditional approaches; roles and team structures; and the fundamentals of choosing your way of working (WoW).

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2. Disciplined DevOps

As we know DevOps is the streamlining of software development and IT operations activities and is represented by the DevOps loop. This is a great start, and in Disciplined DevOps we extend this to take an enterprise-class approach that integrates Security and Data Management so as to provide more effective outcomes for your organization. We also recognize that for organizations with hundreds, and sometimes thousands of systems in production that Support (Help Desk) and Release Management activities need to be robust.

The workflow of Disciplined DevOps.

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3. Value Streams

The Value Stream layer is based on FLEX. FLEX is the glue that ties an organization’s strategies in that it visualizes what an effective value stream looks like, enabling you to make decisions for improving each part of the organization within the context of the whole. It’s not enough to be innovative, you also need to increase value realization – this layer shows you how to do exactly that in the environment that you face.

The DA FLEX workflow.

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4. Disciplined Agile Enterprise (DAE)

A Disciplined Agile Enterprise (DAE) is able to sense and respond swiftly to changes in the marketplace. It does this through an organizational culture and structure that facilitates change within the context of the situation that it faces. Such organizations require a learning mindset in the mainstream business and underlying lean and agile processes to drive innovation. The DAE layer focuses on the rest of the enterprise activities that support your organization’s value streams.

Apply Disciplined Agile at Scale

Once you have a handle on DA you may be ready to apply it at scale. The Situation Context Framework (SCF)—which is inclusive of people, process, and tools—defines how to select and tailor a situation-dependent strategy for software development.

  • Tactical agility at scale. This refers to the application of agile and lean strategies at the team level.
  • Strategic agility at scale. This refers to the application of agile and lean strategies across your entire organization.

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