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An Executive's Guide to Disciplined Agile: Winning the Race to Business Agility


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This is an overview of our new book, An Executive's Guide to Disciplined Agile: Winning the Race to Business Agility, published in July 2017

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An Executive's Guide to Disciplined Agile: Winning the Race to Business Agility

  1. 1. © Disciplined Agile Consortium
  2. 2. Who We Are Scott Ambler @scottwambler © Disciplined Agile Consortium 2 Mark Lines @mark_lines
  3. 3. We will take questions at the end... © Disciplined Agile Consortium 3
  4. 4. © Disciplined Agile Consortium 4 Agenda •  Our Premise •  The Race Car Metaphor •  The Scope of Disciplined Agile •  Why Disciplined Agile? •  The Principles of Disciplined Agile •  Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) •  Disciplined DevOps •  Disciplined Agile IT (DAIT) •  The Disciplined Agile Enterprise (DAE) •  Parting Thoughts
  5. 5. Our Premise Every business is a software business Every industry is being disrupted Agile firms dominate © Scott Ambler + Associates 5
  6. 6. Agile software teams are building awesome race car engines… © Disciplined Agile Consortium 6
  7. 7. …but they are surrounded by organizational tractors © Disciplined Agile Consortium 7
  8. 8. To win the race we need to build a high performing race car… © Disciplined Agile Consortium 8
  9. 9. …supported by an effective team to race it… © Disciplined Agile Consortium 9
  10. 10. …and an organization that can leverage it to serve customers © Disciplined Agile Consortium 10
  11. 11. Disciplined Agile Enterprise Disciplined Agile IT Disciplined DevOps DAD The Disciplined Agile Framework © Disciplined Agile Consortium 11
  12. 12. Why Disciplined Agile? •  Every person, team, and organization is unique – DA provides the flexibility to easily tailor your approach •  Organizations are complex adaptive systems (CASs) – DA shows how everything fits together •  Software development, and IT in general, is complex – DA provides choices to address these complexities •  Just because you’re unique, you don’t need to discover everything from scratch – DA is a hybrid of strategies •  Successful improvement efforts focus on people/culture, process, and tooling – DA provides the process options you need to succeed © Disciplined Agile Consortium 12
  13. 13. The Principles of Disciplined Agile © Disciplined Agile Consortium 13 Delight Customers Be Awesome Pragmatism Context Counts Choice is Good Optimize Flow Enterprise Awareness
  14. 14. Exercise: Context Counts •  5 minutes •  Individually: –  There are two radar charts to fill out: •  Your current or most recent agile/lean team •  Your organization –  If you don’t have agile team experience, pair with someone at your table who does –  Fill out each chart as instructed on the sheets •  As a table: –  Show each other your filled in radar charts –  Choose the hardest team scenario –  Choose the hardest organization scenario –  Choose someone to share with the class © Disciplined Agile Consortium 14 Context Counts
  15. 15. Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) © Disciplined Agile Consortium
  16. 16. The key characteristics of Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD): –  People-first –  Goal-driven –  Hybrid agile –  Learning-oriented –  Full delivery lifecycle –  Solution focused –  Risk-value lifecycle –  Enterprise aware © Disciplined Agile Consortium 16
  17. 17. DAD Provides Choices © Disciplined Agile Consortium 17 Choice is Good Agile Lean Continuous Delivery: Agile Continuous Delivery: Lean Exploratory
  18. 18. Tactical Scaling © Disciplined Agile Consortium 18 Context Counts
  19. 19. Scrum Extreme Programming LeanKanban DA is a Hybrid Framework © Scott Ambler + Associates 19 Unified Process Agile Modeling Agile Data“Traditional”Outside In Dev. DevOps …and more DA leverages proven strategies from several sources, providing a decision framework to guide your adoption and tailoring of them in a context-driven manner. SAFe Pragmatism
  20. 20. Disciplined DevOps © Disciplined Agile Consortium 20
  21. 21. Conventional DevOps But this is missing several important issues: –  Only teams doing Continuous Delivery can do DevOps? Really? –  Security – DevSecOps???? –  The business – BizDevOps???? –  Data management – DevDataOps???? –  Explicit Release Management (for large organizations) –  Explicit Support (for large organizations) © Disciplined Agile Consortium 21
  22. 22. Disciplined Agile DevOps © Disciplined Agile Consortium 22 Optimize Flow
  23. 23. The Disciplined Agile IT Department © Disciplined Agile Consortium 23
  24. 24. © Disciplined Agile Consortium 24 Workflow of a Disciplined Agile IT Department
  25. 25. Workflow of a Disciplined Agile IT Department © Disciplined Agile Consortium 25 “DAD provides the consistency top-down of a framework with the flexibility of approach at the team level” -  Jon Smart, Barclays UK Be Awesome
  26. 26. The Disciplined Agile Enterprise © Disciplined Agile Consortium 26
  27. 27. The Disciplined Agile Enterprise (DA 3.0) A Disciplined Agile Enterprise is able to anticipate 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. © Disciplined Agile Consortium Enterprise Awareness
  28. 28. A DAE Offers Value Streams © Disciplined Agile Consortium 28 Delight Customers
  29. 29. © 2015 Disciplined Agile Consortium 29
  30. 30. The Principles of Disciplined Agile © Disciplined Agile Consortium 30 Delight Customers Be Awesome Pragmatism Context Counts Choice is Good Optimize Flow Enterprise Awareness •  Disciplined Agile provides flexible and pragmatic guidance for the complexities of Enterprise development •  Better choices lead to better outcomes
  31. 31. Join the DA Community! Anyone who attends a Disciplined Agile webinar or workshop is entitled to sign up at to register for the designation “Disciplined Agilist” Seriously though, the DA designation is an important first step towards earning an actual DA certification, such as: More importantly, it gives you access to our “members only” information and webinars at © Disciplined Agile Consortium 31
  32. 32. mark [at] scott [at] @mark_lines @scottwambler Disciplined Agile Thank You! © Disciplined Agile Consortium 32
  33. 33. Additional Slides © Disciplined Agile Consortium 33
  34. 34. Shuhari and Disciplined Agile Certification At the shu stage you are beginning to learn the techniques and philosophies of disciplined agile development. Your goal is to build a strong foundation from which to build upon. At the ha stage you reflect upon and question why disciplined agile strategies work, seeking to understand the range of strategies available to you and when they are best applied. At the ri stage you seek to extend and improve upon disciplined agile techniques, sharing your learnings with others. © Disciplined Agile Consortium 34
  35. 35. Would You Like This Presented to Your Organization? Contact us at © Disciplined Agile Consortium 35
  36. 36. Scott Ambler + Associates is the thought leader behind the Disciplined Agile (DA) framework and its application. We are an IT management consulting firm that advises organizations to be more effective applying disciplined agile and lean processes within the context of your business. Our website is We can help © Disciplined Agile Consortium 36