The Disciplined Agile (DA) process decision framework provides light-weight guidance to help organizations streamline their processes in a context-sensitive manner, providing a solid foundation for business agility. It does this by showing how the various activities such as Solution Delivery, IT Operations, Enterprise Architecture, Portfolio Management, Finance, Procurement and many others work together. The framework also describes what these activities should address, provides a range of options for doing so, and describes the tradeoffs associated with each option.
The following diagram depicts the scope of the DA framework.
There are four “process levels” indicated in the diagram:
- Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD). DAD addresses all aspects of solution delivery from beginning to end, in a streamlined manner. This includes initial modelling and planning, forming the team, securing funding, continuous architecture, continuous testing, continuous development, and governance all the way through the lifecycle. The framework includes support for multiple delivery lifecycles, including but not limited to a basic/agile lifecycle based on Scrum, a lean lifecycle based on Kanban, and a modern agile lifecycle for continuous delivery.
- Disciplined DevOps. Disciplined DevOps is the streamlining of IT solution development and IT operations activities, and supporting enterprise-IT activities, to provide more effective outcomes to an organization.
- Disciplined Agile IT (DAIT). As the name suggests DAIT addresses how to apply agile and lean strategies to all aspects of IT. This includes IT-level activities such as enterprise architecture, data management, portfolio management, IT governance, and other capabilities.
- Disciplined Agile Enterprise. A Disciplined Agile Enterprise (DAE) is able to anticipate 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.