DA 302: The Disciplined Agile IT Department
Agile software development teams do not work in a vacuum, but instead within an organization's IT ecosystem which includes operations, support (help desk), data management, enterprise architecture, portfolio management, and many other functions. When you focus on streamlining your approach to software development yet do not make corresponding improvements across your IT department this is akin to tuning a racing car engine only to put it into a tractor. Just like you won't win a Formula 1 race with a tractor running a fast engine, you won't serve the rest of your organization well with a traditional IT organization that has a few agile software teams. It is time to step up our game.
Disciplined Agile (DA) is a toolkit for lean enterprises. The main characteristics of this method are that it: is a people-first, learning-oriented hybrid agile/lean approach; has a risk-value delivery lifecycle; is goal-driven; is enterprise aware; is tactically scalable at the team level; and strategically scalable across all of the enterprise. It explicitly describes strategies for addressing enterprise IT concerns in a context-sensitive manner - one process does not fit all.
This workshop focuses on the Enterprise IT aspects of Disciplined Agile (DA). This includes activities which support a full DevOps strategy, what we refer to as Disciplined DevOps, and other critical IT capabilities such as Portfolio Management, People Management, and IT Governance to name a few. All of these activities can and should be performed in an agile/lean manner. This isn't your grandfather's approach to I.T.