DA 105: DISCIPLINED AGILE IN A NUTSHELL

Disciplined Agile (DA) is an IT process decision framework for delivering sophisticated agile solutions in the enterprise. It builds on the existing proven practices from agile methods such as Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), Lean software development, Unified Process, and Agile Modeling to include other aspects necessary for success in the enterprise. DA fills in the gaps left by mainstream methods by providing guidance on how to effectively plan and kickstart complex projects as well as how to apply a full lifecycle approach, with lightweight milestones, effective metrics, and agile governance.

 

The one-day workshop is not technical and is suitable for all team members. Many group exercises reinforce the principles learned. The workshop is also valuable for management tasked with moving from traditional approaches to agile.

 

AUDIENCE

  • IT practitioners new to agile who want to get an effective start at agile solution delivery
  • Existing agile practitioners who want to take it to the next level
  • Senior IT Management who want to gain a deep understanding of how to take a disciplined approach to agile solution delivery
  • Agile practitioners who hope to earn a Disciplined Agile Yellow Belt or Disciplined Agile Green Belt

 

BENEFITS

  • Avoid costly agile adoption mistakes by starting with a full delivery lifecycle
  • Learn how all aspects of software delivery – architecture, design, testing, programming, leadership, quality assurance, data administration – come together in a cohesive whole

 

OUTLINE

  • Introduction to Disciplined Agile (DA)
  • Inception Phase: Initiating a DA Project
  • Construction Phase: Building Consumable Increments of your Solution
  • Transition Phase: Releasing the Solution to your Stakeholders
  • Summarizing the Workshop: A Retrospective

 

WORKSHOP LOGISTICS

Level: Introductory

Length: One day – 7 hours of classroom time plus breaks.

Approach: For each major topic in the agenda there will be instruction followed by group work.

Prerequisites: Basic concepts of agile methods such as Scrum useful but not required.

Class size: Ideally 10 to 15, although up to 20 if the room allows.

Classroom requirements: For the students a table layout is preferred. Ideally there should be tables of 4-6 people with sufficient space between them so that students can easily move about the room. For the instructor a screen, projector, and writing space (whiteboards or flipcharts).

 

RELATED WORKSHOPS

The following workshops are alternatives to this one:

 

DA 103: Disciplined Agile for Executives. This one day workshop is an overview of DA that is aimed at senior IT professionals and IT executives.

 

DA 104: Introduction to Disciplined Agile. This two day workshop covers a subset of the material of this workshop.  The two-day version of the workshop is appropriate for people with some agile development experience who want to learn how DA works and will help them to improve their approach.

 

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