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The Disciplined Agile (DA) toolkit provides straight forward guidance to help organizations choose their way of working (WoW) in a context-sensitive manner, providing a solid foundation for business agility.

Our fundamental advice is to start where you are, do the best that you can given the situation that you face, and always try to get better.

The Disciplined Agile (DA) toolkit is organized into four layers:

  1. Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD)
  2. Disciplined DevOps
  3. Disciplined Agile IT (DAIT)
  4. Disciplined Agile Enterprise (DAE)

Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD)

Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) is a people-first, learning-oriented hybrid agile approach to IT solution delivery. It has a risk-value delivery lifecycle, is goal-driven, is enterprise aware, and is scalable.  DAD is the foundational layer of the DA toolkit. It promotes a goal-based, rather than a prescriptive strategy, that enables teams to choose their way of working (WoW). Figure 1 indicates the process goals of DAD. DAD also supports six delivery lifecycles, shown in Figure 2.  By providing choices, rather than prescriptions, and by guiding people through those process decisions DAD enables teams to adopt a guided continuous improvement approach to solution delivery.

Figure 1. The process goals of Disciplined Agile Delivery.Disciplined Agile Delivery process goals

Figure 2. The six DAD lifecycles.

DAD Lifecycles

Disciplined DevOps

Disciplined DevOps is the streamlining of IT solution development and IT operations activities, along with supporting enterprise-IT activities such as Security and Data Management, to provide more effective outcomes to an organization. Disciplined DevOps extends Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD).

Figure 3. The workflow of Disciplined DevOps.The workflow of Disciplined DevOps

Disciplined Agile IT (DAIT)

Disciplined Agile IT (DAIT) addresses how to apply agile and lean strategies to all aspects of Information Technology (IT) processes. DAIT extends Disciplined DevOps, which in turn extends Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD).

Figure 4. The workflow of Disciplined Agile IT.
Disciplined Agile IT workflow

Disciplined Agile Enterprise (DAE)

Disciplined Agile Enterprise (DAE) is able to sense 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.

Figure 5. The Disciplined Agile (DA) toolkit.

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