The Disciplined Agile Enterprise: A Pragmatic View of the Transformation Journey Your Organization Faces

An agile enterprise increases value through effective execution and delivery in a timely and reactive manner. Such organizations do this by streamlining the flow of information, ideas, decision making, and work throughout the overall business process all the while improving the quality of the process and business outcomes. This talk describes, step-by-step, how to evolve from today’s vision of agile software development to a truly disciplined agile enterprise. It briefly examines the state of mainstream agile software development and argues for the need for a more disciplined approach to agile delivery that provides a solid foundation from which to scale. We then explore what it means to scale disciplined agile strategies tactically at the project/product level. We then work through what it means to strategically scale across your IT organization as a whole and discover what a Disciplined DevOps strategy looks like in practice. Your Disciplined Agile IT strategy, along with a lean business strategy, are key enablers of a full-fledged disciplined agile enterprise. The talk ends with advice for how to make this challenging organizational transition.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • The race car metaphor for enterprise agile
  • The current state of enterprise agile
  • Why Disciplined Agile?
  • Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD)
  • Disciplined DevOps
  • The Disciplined Agile IT (DAIT) Department
  • The Disciplined Agile Enterprise (DAE)
  • From Transformation to Continuous Improvement

Learning Outcome

  • Learn how agile delivery works beginning to end with enterprise-class organizations
  • Understand what it means to tactically scale agile delivery
  • Understand what it means to strategically scale agile techniques across your IT department
  • Discover what it means to be a truly agile business

Target Audience

Anyone wanted to understand what a true enterprise-wide agile transformation entails

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    Scott Ambler - Choose Your WoW! How Agile Software Teams Can Optimize Their Way of Working (WoW)

    45 Mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    We like to say that agile teams own their own process by choosing their way of working, their “WoW.” This of course is easier said than done because there are several aspects to WoW. First, our team needs to know how to choose the appropriate lifecycle for the situation that we face. Should we take a Scrum-based approach, a lean/Kanban-based approach, a continuous delivery approach, or an exploratory/lean startup approach? Second, what practices should the team adopt? How do they fit together? When should we apply them? Third, what artifacts should the team create? When should they be created? To what level of detail? Finally, how do we evolve our WoW as we experiment and learn?

    There are several strategies that we could choose to follow when we tailor and evolve our WoW. One approach is to bootstrap our WoW, to figure it out on our own. This works, but it is a very slow and expensive strategy in practice. Another approach is to hire an agile coach, but sadly in practice the majority of coaches seem to be like professors who are only a chapter or two ahead of their students. Or we could take a more disciplined, streamlined approach and leverage the experiences of the thousands of teams who have already struggled through the very issues that our team currently faces. In this talk you’ll discover how to develop your WoW without starting from scratch and without having to rely on the limited experience and knowledge of “agile coaches.”