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Disciplined Agile

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In late 2019, the Disciplined Agile (DA) Consortium became part of the Project Management Institute, along with FLEX, the innovative agile method for value stream mapping across complex business processes.  Acquiring Disciplined Agile Consortium’s team and FLEX brought widely respected adaptive framework experts, authors and agile evangelists into PMI leadership.  Scott Ambler, Mark Lines, Alan Shalloway and other DA leaders are now PMI agile experts who lead adaptive project management and training standards development for global PMI community members.

The Agile Manifesto was published in 2001 by a small group of IT experts seeking to bring best practices like Lean process, Kanban, and quality improvement from advanced industrial manufacturing into software development for use by 21st century digital technology project teams.  Two decades after that famous group of 17 visionaries produced and agreed upon 4 agile values and 12 agile principles, one signer, Martin Fowler, wryly observed that an expanding “Agile Industrial Complex” has rapidly grown from that first effort to align similar iterative, adaptive IT process frameworks under a common umbrella term “agile”. 

Today, 42 global training entities offer 270 certifications in some form of “agile” product development, including PMI-ACP!  Created by PMI in 2011, Agile Certified Practitioner is as professionally rigorous as PMP, and quickly became the fastest growing PMI certification.  Unfortunately, outside PMI there is a very large agile community where ACP remains little known.   PMI-ACP is not given the wide prestige it deserves for high level agile professional knowledge skills that far exceed the training provided in 260 other agile “certifications” whose requirements are much easier to complete!  Among dozens of agile approaches, “Scrum” is now most popular by far.  The Scrum Master, whose role is team lead or quarterback in the scrum framework, is similar to (but not same as) an agile project manager.  

Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) was started inside IBM Corporation 15 years ago as the first agile process framework tailored so that many IBM development teams could work together using agile at scale in a large enterprise.  After 2013, the DA Consortium took DAD quickly across the world as a leading innovative approach for how agile ways of working can be successfully implemented by any large corporation, medium enterprise, or small project team in all industry sectors who wish to optimize their business agility.  DA has become a leading approach to scaling agile across an organization, but less known than the popular Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).

The word “disciplined” was added early in IBM’s agile implementation to allay a common incorrect concern by corporate executives that agile delivery permits teams too much self-organization and structural freedom on decision making to successfully produce quality products in a large organization.   Also, DAD lifecycles schedule agile iterations within 3 project phases that are very familiar to traditional PMOs (Inception, Construction, Transition). 

PMI Disciplined Agile combined with FLEX is a pragmatic, agnostic TOOL KIT that harnesses hundreds of collaborative agile framework best practices from Scrum, Scaled Agile, XP, Lean, Kanban, TQM, etc to systematically guide teams on how to find the best way of working for ALL levels of an organization in ANY industry.   As a goal-driven systems approach to implement agile options and tailor adaptive best practices, DA is a flexible guide to achieving a solid foundation for business agility that truly is ‘pragmatic not purist’.  By using DA, people, teams, and organizations can all benefit from straightforward agile guidance to ‘Choose Your Way of Working’, streamline process flows, improve quality, and implement lean practices that quickly realize optimum productivity and business value.

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Video: DA co-founders Scott Amber and Mark Lines talk about “What is Disciplined  Agile?”

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PMI North Carolina Chapter Agile CoP DISCIPLINED AGILE CHAMPIONS below are your local DA guides

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