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Disciplined Agile: Winning the Race to Business Agility


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An agile enterprise increases value through effective execution and delivery in a timely and reactive manner. Such organizations do this by streamlining the flow of information, ideas, decision making, and work throughout the overall business process all the while improving the quality of the process and business outcomes. This talk describes, step-by-step, how to evolve from today’s vision of agile software development to a truly disciplined agile enterprise. It briefly examines the state of mainstream agile software development and argues for the need for a more disciplined approach to agile delivery that provides a solid foundation from which to scale. We then explore what it means to scale disciplined agile strategies tactically at the project/product level. We then work through what it means to strategically scale across your IT organization as a whole and discover what a Disciplined DevOps strategy looks like in practice. Your Disciplined Agile IT strategy, along with a lean business strategy, are key enablers of a full-fledged disciplined agile enterprise.

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Disciplined Agile: Winning the Race to Business Agility

  1. 1. Disciplined Agile: Winning the Race to Business Agility
  2. 2. Disciplined Agile Scott Ambler Disciplined Agile Consortium Winning the Race to Business Agility
  3. 3. @scottwambler Scott Ambler •  Helps enterprise-class organizations around the world to improve their processes and organization structures •  Thought leader of: •  Agile Modeling (AM) method •  Agile Data (AD) method •  Co-creator of the Disciplined Agile (DA) framework •  Author of 20+ books •  scott [at] •  Advisory Board, ScaleFree •  Advisor, SEMAT @scottwambler
  4. 4. @scottwambler We’re going to cover a lot of ground
  5. 5. @scottwambler Agenda •  The Disciplined Agile Framework •  Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) •  Disciplined DevOps •  Disciplined IT (DAIT) •  Disciplined Agile Enterprise (DAE) •  Parting thoughts
  6. 6. @scottwambler The Disciplined Agile Framework The Disciplined Agile (DA) process decision framework describes light-weight guidance to help organizations streamline their information technology (IT) and business processes in a context- sensitive manner. The DA framework provides the process foundation for business agility.
  7. 7. Disciplined Agile Enterprise Disciplined Agile IT Disciplined DevOps DAD The Disciplined Agile Framework
  8. 8. @scottwambler The Seven Principles of Disciplined Agile Delight Customers Pragmatism Be Awesome Context Counts Choice is Good Optimize Flow Enterprise Awareness
  9. 9. Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) The key characteristics of DAD: •  People-first •  Goal-driven •  Hybrid agile •  Learning-oriented •  Full delivery lifecycle •  Solution focused •  Risk-value lifecycle •  Enterprise aware Foundation of the Disciplined Agile (DA) framework
  10. 10. @scottwambler 10 Governance is Built Into DAD •  Governance strategies built into DAD: •  Risk-value lifecycle •  Light-weight milestone reviews •  “Standard” opportunities for increased visibility and to steer the team provided by agile •  Enterprise awareness •  Robust stakeholder definition @scottwambler
  11. 11. @scottwambler DAD is Goal Driven, Not Prescriptive @scottwambler 11
  12. 12. @scottwambler 12 DAD Teams Choose Their WoW Via Lightweight Guidance
  13. 13. @scottwambler Workflow of Disciplined DevOps
  14. 14. Workflow of Disciplined Agile IT (DAIT)
  15. 15. @scottwambler The Disciplined Agile Enterprise (DAE) 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.
  16. 16. The Disciplined Agile Framework
  17. 17. @scottwambler Parting Thoughts •  This was a very high-level overview of the Disciplined Agile (DA) Framework •  Improvement requires hard work, there are no easy solutions •  Every organization is unique, one size does not fit all – Beware prescriptive methods and instead allow teams to choose their way of working (WoW) •  The DA framework looks at the whole picture to address the question of how does it all fit together
  18. 18. @scottwambler scott [at] Twitter: @scottwambler Thank You! (October 2018)
  19. 19. @scottwambler Would You Like This Workshop in Your Organization? Contact us at
  20. 20. @scottwambler Scott Ambler + Associates is the thought leader behind the Disciplined Agile (DA) framework and its application. We are a boutique 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
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