Category Archives: Scaling


The results of the 2018 State of Agile survey (StateOfAgile.com) have just been released.  This survey, while not particularly scientific in its approach, is a widely read and frequently quoted survey of what people are actually doing on a variety Read more…


In our travels working with clients around the world we have run into many companies that have tried SAFe but are now struggling and looking for alternatives.  Last week we learned about a large bank that is abandoning SAFe and Read more…


The quick answer is of course “Yes”.  😉 A couple of years ago we caused a bit of confusion when we expanded the scope of Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) to address the activities of an information technology (IT) department.  When Read more…


We often hear that agile software development is fine for small co-located teams, but that you couldn’t possibly take an outsourcing approach with agile.  The customer organizations would love to do agile but are convinced that vendors are unable to Read more…


We often hear that agile software development is fine when you face a simple problem, but that agile isn’t sufficient for more difficult problems.  Of course this falsehood is promoted by people who have little or no agile experience, or who Read more…


We often hear that agile is great for simple situations but as soon as you face compliancy issues that it doesn’t work.  Is it possible to be agile when you face regulatory compliance, such as PCI and FDA compliancy?  Is it possible Read more…


Many people, particularly those new to agile, will tell you that agile teams must be small and co-located.  That is certainly a smart way of organizing a team, but is isn’t required.  In fact agile teams are more likely to Read more…


The contrite answer is that they’re as large as they need to be, and the contrite agile answer is that they’re as small as they can be.  Now that we’ve gotten the contrite answers out of the way, how large Read more…


In September 2016 InfoQ published an interview, Benefits of Agile Transformation at Barclays, with Jonathon Smart and Ian Dugmore of Barclays in the UK.  The interview summarizes the experiences of adopting Disciplined Agile (DA) strategies within Barclays.  Some of the Read more…


We often hear the refrain that Disciplined Agile (DA) is too complicated, that it needs to be simpler. Believe me, we’re all for simplicity and we do everything that we can to make DA as simple as possible. However, to Read more…

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