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Disciplined Agile (DA) allows you to choose your IT process for delivering sophisticated agile solutions in the enterprise. It builds on the existing proven practices from agile methods such as Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), Lean software development, Kanban, Unified Process, Agile Modeling and others to include other aspects necessary for success in the enterprise. Discipline Agile (DA) fills in the gaps left by mainstream methods by providing guidance on how to effectively plan and kickstart complex projects as well as how to apply a full lifecycle approach, with lightweight milestones, effective metrics, and agile governance.

Disciplined Agile is unique in comparison to other Agile methods since it offers 6 types of project lifecycles:

  • Agile (extends Scrum beyond Scrum Guide, use Timeboxes)
  • Lean (does not use Timeboxes. Practices are on demand)
  • Program
  • Exploratory
  • Continuous Delivery: Agile
  • Continuous Delivery: Lean

This training is not technical and is suitable for all team members. Many group exercises reinforce the principles learned. The workshop is also valuable for management tasked with moving from traditional approaches to agile.

  • Length: 2 days
  • Level: Foundation
  • Form: 50% lectures / 50% workshops
  • Enrolment: Training on demand for groups
  • Logistics: At the customer’s premises (on-site) or anywhere else

The Disciplined Agile 2.1 model

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to Agile and Agility
  • Brief overview of Scrum as a basis of other scalable Agile frameworks
  • Introduction to Disciplined Agile (DA): Learn about the four delivery lifecycles supported by DA; how DA is a hybrid that shows how proven practices from a range of sources fits together; how to take a flexible, non-prescriptive approach to agile development; the importance of being enterprise aware.
  • Agile Foundations: A brief overview of foundational agile and lean concepts such as the Agile Manifesto, the Disciplined Agile Manifesto, Kanban, Lean Software Development, and agile methods including Scrum, Extreme Programming, Agile Modeling, Agile Data, Unified Process, and others.
  • Disciplined Agile roles: Team Lead (ScrumMaster), Product Owner, Architecture Owner, Team Member, Stakeholder + five more optional scaling roles.
  • Inception Phase: Covers key activities for initiating a DA team, including initial requirements modelling, initial architecture modelling, initial release planning, strategies for your physical and virtual work environments, initial risk identification, and driving to a shared vision with your stakeholders.
  • Construction Phase: Describes many technical strategies for building consumable increments of your solution, including test-driven development (TDD), acceptance TDD, how to initiate an iteration/sprint, look-ahead modelling and planning, spikes, regular coordination meetings, continuous integration, continuous deployment, whole-team testing, parallel independent testing, information radiators, Kanban boards, burn up charts, and many more. In this module we also look at agile construction from a traditional point of view, showing how activities such as architecture, analysis, design, testing, management, and user experience (UX) are addressed all the way through the lifecycle.
  • Transition Phase: Overviews strategies for releasing the solution to your stakeholders.
  • Advanced topics: We examine critical topics such as strategies for adopting Disciplined Agile, how to govern disciplined agile teams, and how to scale agile at both the tactical and strategic levels.
  • Simulation: hands-on simulation of a disciplined DA team using Lego.
  • Summary: A Retrospective.

Learners taking this course are:

  • CEO, CTO, CIO, PMO
  • Program or Project Manager
  • Scrum Master
  • Team Lead
  • Business or System Analyst
  • Agile Coach
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Consultant
  • Engineer / Developer
  • Program Manager
  • Change Agent
  • IT practitioners new to agile who want to get an effective start at agile solution delivery
  • Existing agile practitioners who want to take it to the next level
  • Senior IT Management who want to gain a deep understanding of how to take a disciplined approach to agile solution delivery
  • Agile practitioners who seek the designation of Certified Disciplined Agilist (CDA) or a Certified Disciplined Agile Practitioner (CDAP)

Learning Goals

  • Basic concepts of agile, and advanced topics such as scaling Agile
  • How to deliver refined Agile solutions in the enterprise
  • Methods of avoiding incorrect Agile solutions that are both futile and costly
  • How to combine architecture, design, testing, programming, quality assurance, data administration and other aspects of software delivery for smooth execution
  • How to customize Agile solutions to suit the needs of your organization

Trainer's experience

Numerous case studies are discussed, resulting from the rich, 15 years of international training experience of the trainer and from 10 years of experience in implementing Agile and more than 10 agile / digital transformations.

The training is conducted by the best Polish Agile trainer. As the only Agile Coach in Poland, trainer is certified from all key agile frameworks and methodologies and also certified from the PROSCI method to carry out transformations. Additionally trainer is certified from tools / tests for personality assessment  and communication styles as well as team building and analysis of team strengths and strengths:

Main trainer certifications in the field of Agile:

Main trainer certifications in the field of Change Management / Transformation:

  • PROSCI ADKAR: Methodology, process and tools for carrying out changes in organizations including agile / digital transformations (certified by PROSCI Inc.)

Main trainer certifications in the field of questionnaires / tests / tools for testing personality, competences, strengths of people as well as for conflict management and team building:

  • DISC D3: DISC D3 personality / competence test (DISC / TEAMS / VALUES / BAI) (certified by PeopleKeys).
    • Application: Team building; Building personal self-awareness; Building awareness about communication styles and preferences.
  • SDI: Strength Deployment Inventory (certified by Personal Strengths Publishing).
    • Application: Building team maturity in conflict self-management.
  • MBTI: Myers-Briggs questionnaire (MBTI) to measure human preferences of perceiving the world and making decisions (certified by The Myers & Briggs Foundation).
    • Application: Team building; Building personal self-awareness.
  • BELBIN: BELBIN Team Role Test (certified by BELBIN Associates).
    • Application: Building very efficient and well-coordinated teams created with all necessary competences (and personality traits) to achieve success.

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