Category Archives: Scaling


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…


The majority of testing, and in simple situations all of it, is performed by an agile delivery team itself. This is because we strive to have cross-functional “whole teams” that have the capability and accountability to perform the activities of Read more…


Lean thinking is important for scaling agile in several ways: Lean provides an explanation for why many of the agile practices work.  For example, Agile Modeling’s practices of light weight, initial requirements envisioning followed by iteration modeling and just-in-time (JIT) Read more…


In this blog posting, the latest in our ongoing disciplined agile program management series,  we overview the external workflows that a large delivery team is likely to be involved with. Workflow With Other IT Teams The following diagram overviews the major workflows Read more…


Enterprise architecture, when performed in a disciplined agile manner, is an important enabler of agile software delivery.  This is true for several reasons: Common architecture enables agile teams to focus on value creation.  A common enterprise architecture enables reuse across Read more…


This posting, the latest in a series focused on a disciplined agile approach to program management, overviews the activities associated with program management. The Disciplined Agile (DA) toolkit promotes an adaptive, context-sensitive strategy.  The framework does this via its goal-driven approach that Read more…


An IT program is a large IT delivery team composed of two or more sub-teams.  The purpose of program management is to coordinate the efforts of the sub-teams to ensure they work together effectively towards the common goal of producing Read more…


On June 25, 2015 we gave a webinar entitled Disciplined Agile Outsourcing: Making it Work for Both the Customer and the Service Provider (click on the link to see the slides on Slideshare).  We will likely run the webinar again as Read more…


Not a week goes by where we are not asked to contrast DAD to SAFe.  In this short blog I would like to point out some things to consider as you decide whether to implement SAFe, DAD, or both.  First Read more…


We learned in a previous blog posting, The Mindset of a Disciplined Agile Enterprise Architect, that disciplined agile enterprise architecture (EA) teams work in a very collaborative manner, evolving their artifacts over time based on their learnings.  But how do you organize Read more…

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