Why Adopt Disciplined Agile?

The Disciplined Agile (DA) process decision framework  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.  There are several reasons why you should consider adopting the DA framework.

DA picks up where Scrum leaves off.

DA provides a much broader understanding of how agile development works in practice, doing a lot of the “heavy process lifting” that Scrum leaves up to you.


DA is pragmatic.

The DA framework provides guidance, not prescriptions, enabling you to easily tailor a strategy that reflects the situation that your team finds itself in.  To do this effectively you need to understand the process-oriented choices you have and what the trade-offs are.


DA supports both lean and agile ways of working.

The DA framework supports several delivery lifecycles, including a Scrum-based agile lifecycle, a Kanban-based lean lifecycle, a continuous delivery lifecycle, and a Lean Startup-based exploratory lifecycle.


DA is based on empiricism.

The DA framework captures the proven strategies adopted by hundreds of organizations around the world in a wide range of industries and environments, describing the strengths and weaknesses of each strategy and providing guidance for when and when not to apply them.


DA provides a solid foundation from which to scale agile.

In addition to its full delivery lifecycle and goal-driven approach, the DA framework builds in many foundational concepts required at scale, including DevOps, explicit agile governance, and enterprise awareness.


DA enables SAFe.

SAFe leaves the details of construction to you and as a result is proving to be fragile in many organizations, but DA provides the solid process foundation missing from SAFe.


DA goes beyond SAFe.

The DA framework describes several strategies for organizing large or geographically distributed teams.  It describes a range of options for scaling your approach to agile and lean software development, giving you context-sensitive options that SAFe doesn’t.


DA teams deliver solutions, not just software.

DA teams deliver solutions that comprise software, hardware changes, supporting documentation, improved business processes, and even organizational changes.


DA is evolving.

We’re constantly learning as practitioners, learning about and experimenting with new agile and lean strategies all of the time.  These learnings are constantly being applied to evolve the DA framework.

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