Category Archives: Goal-Driven


We’ve recently been asked how risk management is addressed on agile teams. This is an easy question to answer because risk management strategies are built right into the Disciplined Agile (DA) toolkit. Let’s start with two definitions. First, a risk Read more…


When a disciplined agile project or product team starts one of the process goals which they will likely need to address is Identify Initial Architecture Strategy. The idea is that the team should identify one or more architectural strategies which they Read more…


When a disciplined agile project or product team starts one of the process goals which they will likely need to address is Explore Initial Scope.  This is sometimes referred to as initially populating the backlog in the Scrum community, but as Read more…


One of the key characteristics of Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) is that it is goal driven.   This simplifies process tailoring, simplifies identifying potential process improvements, reduces the prescription inherent in other software methods, and enables scaling.  One of the process goals identified by 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…


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…

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