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DA 103: Disciplined Agile Delivery For Executives

Teams within your organization have been experimenting with agile techniques such as Scrum, continuous integration (CI), and agile testing and have shown promising results.  But you have significant reservations about this new development strategy.  How does modeling and documentation fit it?  How do you ensure your organization’s long-term goals are still being addressed?  How does this approach scale to large teams, to distributed teams, or to regulatory environments?  How do you govern these agile teams effectively?  How do you fund, estimate, and expense agile projects? In this workshop you learn how to go beyond Scrum to take a disciplined agile approach to solution delivery that provides a foundation from which to scale.  To help cut through some of the agile rhetoric, industry statistics will be discussed throughout this workshop.


  • IT executives who want to learn about a disciplined approach to agile solution delivery
  • Experienced agilists wanting to increase their understanding of DAD


    1. A disciplined agile manifesto
    2. The current state of agile
    3. Are your teams agile?
    4. From Scrum to Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD)
    5. Governing disciplined agile teams
    6. New behaviors for management, stakeholders, and IT practitioners
    7. How to scale agile successfully
    8. Adopting agile across your IT department
    9. Transitioning your existing staff to agile

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: None
  • Class size: Ideally 7 to 10, 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.  Each group will need at least a flip chart but better yet a whiteboard (or a section of whiteboard in the case of a training room with whiteboard-covered walls).  For the instructor a screen, projector, and writing space (whiteboards or flipcharts).