Category Archives: Discipline


DAD incorporates a number of milestones into its lifecycles to gauge the progress and health of your DAD projects/releases. Why does DAD have milestones? Governance is largely absent from mainstream agile methods and many believe that agile does not need Read more…


A common question we get regarding Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) is “What makes DAD more disciplined than other approaches to agile?”  It’s a fair question, particularly from someone who is new to DAD.  This blog posting explores this question, explicitly Read more…


When we describe DAD we remind people that it is not another agile method as we clearly have enough of those already.  Rather, DAD is a process decision framework that enables better decision making when customizing approaches for adopting agile Read more…


In this posting we explore the goal-driven aspect of the Disciplined Agile (DA) toolkit.   This goal-driven approach enables DAD to avoid being prescriptive and thereby be more flexible and easier to scale than other agile methods.  For example, where Scrum prescribes a value-driven Product Read more…


Governance establishes chains of responsibil­ity, authority and communication in support of the overall enterprise’s goals and strategy. It also establishes measurements, policies, standards and control mechanisms to enable people to carry out their roles and responsibilities effectively. You do this Read more…


Last week I was in Moscow to do a workshop on DAD.  Askhat Urazbaev, known for starting the first Agile User Group in Russia attended.  He asked some good questions, including “Why is it called the Disciplined Agile (DA) toolkit? Read more…


Because Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) addresses the full delivery lifecycle it explicitly addresses the effort required to transition your solution into production, or in the case of product teams into the marketplace.  This transition effort may be referred to as Read more…


The Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) process framework includes an explicit Inception phase – sometimes called a project initiation phase, startup phase, or iteration/sprint zero – which is conducted before actually starting to build a solution.  The goals of this phase Read more…


The DAD process framework uses a goal-driven approach as we illustrate in Figure 1 below.  Throughout our book we  described each of the DAD phases in turn and suggested strategies for addressing the goals of that phase. For each goal Read more…


Being able to deliver potentially shippable software increments at the end of each iteration is a good start that clearly requires discipline.  The Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) process framework goes one step further and advises you to explicitly produce a Read more…

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