Mark Lines, Managing Partner / DA Fellow, Disciplined Agile, is an Enterprise Agile Coach for Scott Ambler + Associates. He is co-creator of the Disciplined Agile delivery (DAD) framework and co-author with Scott Ambler of several books on the framework. Mark is a frequent speaker at agile conferences around the world and blogs about Disciplined Agile at DisciplinedAgileDelivery.com. He is also President and Founding Member of the Disciplined Agile Consortium (DAC), the certification body for Disciplined Agile.
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. It then explores what it means to scale disciplined agile strategies tactically at the project/product level and strategically across your IT organization as a whole. Your disciplined agile IT strategy, along with a lean business strategy, are key enablers of a full-fledged disciplined agile enterprise.
Along the way Mark will describe his experience with organizations around the world that have successfully adopted agile and lean for their teams while at the same time transforming their culture across the organization to streamline these agile initiatives.
#NoFrameworks: How we can take Agile back!
A fundamental philosophy from the early days of Agile, and particularly of XP, is that teams should own their process. Today we would say that they should be allowed, and better yet, enabled, to choose their own way of working (WoW).
This was a powerful vision, but it was quickly abandoned to make way for the Agile certification gold rush. Why do the hard work of learning your craft, of improving your WoW via experimentation and learning, when you can instead become a certified master of an agile method in two days or a program consultant of a scaling framework in four? It sounds great, and certainly is great for anyone collecting the money, but 18 years after the signing of the Agile Manifesto as an industry we’re nowhere near reaching Agile’s promise. Nowhere near it.
We had it right in the very beginning, and the lean community had it right all along – teams need to own their process, they must be enabled to choose their WoW. To do this we need to stop looking for easy answers, we must reject the simplistic solutions that the agile industrial complex wants to sell us, and most importantly recognize that we need #NoFrameworks.