Disciplined Agile Webinars

We are pleased to offer recordings of the various webinars DAC has hosted. If you were unable to attend the webinars and would like to receive credit toward your membership retention, please register at the Webex link for each webinar and then email us so we can update your membership profile. 

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Enjoy your summer! We will have resume in September.

Our most recent recorded webinars:

Our previously recorded webinars are:
 
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The Agile Project Manager- Fact or Fiction?

Webinar by Daniel Gagnon on June 20, 2017

While the agile community still has difficulty in acknowledging the need for project managers, the fact is that large, complex organizations on an evolutionary path to a more modern solutions delivery paradigm can reap tremendous benefit from the continued services of seasoned project managers. 

Daniel will examine some of the ways in which PMs can evolve towards servant leadership and remain relevant in an increasingly agile organizational context.


  • Watch the recording of the webinar on Webex (to get credit for doing so, needed to renew your certification in the future)
  • Watch the recording of the webinar on YouTube 
  • Read the PDF of the slide deck on Slideshare- coming soon!
  • Get involved in the discussion about the webinar on LinkedIn
  • Read Daniel's blog that answers questions posted during the webinar- coming soon!

How Does Middle Management Fit In An Agile Organization?

Webinar by Mark Lines on May 23, 2017

 In an increasingly agile world, do we still need middle managers?  Clearly we do, but middle management and HR departments must adapt or never meet the promise of highly motivated and productive teams.  Some of the changes required may be considered quite radical when compared to traditional HR practices.  But without these changes you will have difficulty attracting and retaining the talent you need.

In this webinar, Mark Lines provides an overview of trends we see in organizational design, career paths, the new role        of middle management, and some progressive ideas regarding compensation and performance management.

  • Watch the recording of the webinar on Webex (to get credit for doing so, needed to renew your certification in the future)
  • Watch the recording of the webinar on YouTube 
  • Read the PDF of the slide deck on Slideshare
  • Get involved in the discussion about the webinar on LinkedIn

Enterprise Project Management Offices (EPMO)

Webinar by Joe Biggs on April 18, 2017

Enterprise Project Management Offices (EPMO) play a key role in most Program/Project based organizations.Agile environments are no different and in fact EPMOs can provide distinct advantages to those organizations trying to get the most out their Agile frameworks. The combination of a Disciplined Agile framework and an outcome focused EPMO can drive project success from inception through production. This webinar will provide the key       concepts of combining a Disciplined Agile framework with the value of an EPMO to drive success in your       organization.

  • Watch the recording of the webinar on Webex (to get credit for doing so, needed to renew your certification in the future)
  • Watch the recording of the webinar on YouTube 
  • Read the PDF of the slide deck on Slideshare
  • Get involved in the discussion about the webinar on LinkedIn
  • Read Joe's blog that answers questions posted during the webinar

Measuring Agile: A Disciplined Approach To Metrics

Webinar by Scott Ambler on March 21, 2017

In this webinar Scott Ambler worked through common questions that people have with it comes to agile metrics: How do you measure agile solution delivery teams? What metrics should we collect? How do you successfully roll up team measures to the portfolio level?  Should you even try? How can you tailor your metrics strategy to fit the context that you face? How does this fit into traditional metrics strategies?  What are the success factors for an agile metrics program?  What are the failure factors? How does this fit into our overall governance strategy?
  • Watch the recording of the webinar on Webex (to get credit for doing so, needed to renew your certification in the future)
  • Watch the recording of the webinar on YouTube 
  • Read the PDF of the slide deck (on Slideshare)
  • Get involved in the discussion about the webinar on LinkedIn
  • Read Scott's blog that answers questions posted during the webinar

Disciplined Agile IT Governance: Motivate and Enable Over Command and Control

Webinar by Scott Ambler on February 28, 2017

Lean IT Governance is the leadership, organizational structures and streamlined processes to enable IT to work as a partner in sustaining and extending the organization’s ability to produce meaningful value for its customers.  In this webinar Scott Ambler will address the following issues:

What is IT Governance?  Why Lean IT Governance? What is the Lean Governance mindset? Why do traditional governance strategies fail? How do you govern agile and lean delivery teams successfully?How do you govern the rest of IT in an effective manner? How does Lean IT Governance fit into your overall corporate governance strategy? 

Disciplined Agile Reuse Engineering: Strategies to Increase Productivity, Decrease Technical Debt and Increase Quality

Webinar by Scott Ambler on January 24, 2017

The vast majority of developers, agile or otherwise, take an ad-hoc approach to reuse.  Although this is a good start, we have the opportunity to do much better.  The goals of reuse engineering are to achieve quicker time to market, improved ROI, improved consistency within delivered solutions, and easier updates to common functionality.  Unfortunately reuse engineering is easier said than done.  In this webinar Scott Ambler addresses the following topics: What is reuse engineering? Why is reuse engineering difficult? How does reuse engineering fit into agile software delivery? Where do reusable assets come from? How can you support and evolve reusable assets over time? How do you fund reuse?
  • Watch the recording of the webinar on Webex (to get credit for doing so, needed to renew your certification in the future)
  • Watch the recording of the webinar on YouTube 
  • Read the PDF of the slide deck (on Slideshare)
  • Get involved in the discussion about the webinar on LinkedIn
  • Read our detailed article on Reuse Engineering in the Disciplined Agile Framework

Disciplined Agile Portfolio Management: Guide and Monitor Over Command and Control

Webinar by Scott Ambler on December 15, 2016

IT portfolio management is the activity of identifying, organizing, and governing an organizations's various IT endeavours. IT endeavours include solution delivery projects, product development teams, business experiments (along the lines of a lean startup strategy), and even the operations of existing IT based solutions.  In this webinar, Scott Ambler addresses these questions: What does it mean to take a Disciplined Agile approach to portfolio management? Why is this different from traditional portfolio management? How does portfolio management fit into your overall IT workflow?  What does a Portfolio Manager do?  What is the difference between portfolio management, program management, and solution delivery? What are some of the practices of portfolio management? What are the principles for Disciplined Agile portfolio management ?

  • Watch the recording of the webinar on Webex (to get credit for doing so, needed to renew your certification in the future)
  • Watch the recording of the webinar on YouTube 
  • Read the PDF of the slide deck (on Slideshare)
  • Get involved in the discussion about the webinar on LinkedIn
  • Read our detailed article on Portfolio Management in the Disciplined Agile Framework

Disciplined Agile Product Management: Beyond Product Ownership

Webinar by Scott Ambler on October 20, 2016

What does it mean to take a Disciplined Agile approach to Product Management?  Scott works through several important questions: What is product management?  How does product management fit into, and go beyond, the overall IT process?  What does a Product Manager do?  What is the difference between Product Managers and Product Owners?  How do they work together?  In what situations does product management make sense?  

  • Watch the recording of the webinar on Webex (to get credit for doing so, needed to renew your certification in the future)
  • Watch the recording of the webinar on YouTube 
  • Read the PDF of the slide deck (on Slideshare)
  • Get involved in the discussion about the webinar on LinkedIn
  • Read about more about Product Management in the Disciplined Agile Framework

Overview of the Disciplined Agile 2.1 Poster 

Webinar by Scott Ambler on September 21 , 2016


We’ve been doing a lot of great work around the "DA poster" as you’ve hopefully noticed on the DA home page. A beta version of a roles-based view of the diagram is also available and hope you will find it interesting. 

This webinar overviewed the workflow depicted on the poster.  

Disciplined DevOps: Pragmatic Strategies for the Enterprise

Webinar by Scott Ambler on June 14 , 2016

“DevOps” is the most popular, and most misunderstood, buzzword in the IT industry today.  In this webinar ScottW. Ambler will explore what DevOps is in practice. He will address what DevOps means for established enterprises that are dealing with decades of legacy solutions and legacy cultures to overcome.  We’ll also explore what DevOps means at scale when you’re dealing with hundreds of teams, decades of legacy solutions, a legacy organization, or regulatory compliance.
  • Watch the recording of the webinar on Webex (to get credit for doing so, needed to renew your certification in the future)
  • Watch the recording of the webinar on YouTube 
  • Read the PDF of the slide deck (on Slideshare)
  • Get involved in the discussion about the webinar on LinkedIn
  • Read our detailed article about Disciplined DevOps in the Disciplined Agile Framework

Agile Enterprise Architecture: Disciplined and Pragmatic Strategies

Webinar by Scott Ambler on May 17, 2016

Enterprise architecture (EA) can potentially promote a common business vision within your organization, provide guidance to improve both business and IT decision making, and improve IT efficiencies. Unfortunately many EA teams struggle to provide these benefits, often because they are perceived as ivory tower or being too difficult to work with. 

The adoption of disciplined agile and lean strategies that are based on collaboration, enablement, and streamlining the flow of work are the keys to EA success. Disciplined strategies that produce light-weight, yet still sufficient, artifacts are the key to your success. In this webinar we will explore both the success factors and failure factors surrounding EA, pragmatic strategies for a lean/agile approach to EA, and how EA is supported and enhanced by the Disciplined Agile framework. This isn’t your grandfather’s EA strategy.

  • Watch the recording of the webinar on Webex (to get credit for doing so, needed to renew your certification in the future)
  • Watch the recording of the webinar on YouTube 
  • Read the PDF of the slide deck (on Slideshare)
  • Get involved in the discussion about the webinar on LinkedIn
  • Read our detailed article about Enterprise Architecture in the Disciplined Agile Framework
  • Read Scott's blog that answers questions posted during the webinar

Disciplined Agile Offshoring: Making it Work for Both the Customer and the Service Provider

Webinar by Scott Ambler on April 19, 2016

Offshoring projects suffer from two significant yet easily addressed problems. First, the customers's instincts for how to run an outsourced project are more likely to hurt rather than help them. Second, service providers (SPs) prove to be little more than order takers that don’t have the courage to negotiate a winning strategy. The Disciplined Agile (DA) process decision framework provides the foundation needed to succeed at “agile offshoring” by addressing the needs of both the customer and the SP.  DA is a goal-driven, hybrid agile, full delivery methodology that is enterprise aware and scalable.  Disciplined Agile provides a foundation from which you can tailor a viable strategy for disciplined agile outsourcing. This presentation explores strategies for effectively initiating and governing an offshore IT delivery project in an agile manner. Offshoring introduces a collection of risks that can be uniquely addressed with a disciplined agile strategy.  

"When Will This Be Done?" A Practical Guide To Answering This Question in an Agile Project

Webinar by Rod Bray on March 15, 2016

No matter the project or the methodology being used to deliver results, the people waiting of those results want to know, "When will this be done?"
Software projects using a traditional approach have employed heavy requirements and analysis up front to come up with an answer that is always wrong- though perhaps comforting. In agile we can do better but it is still a difficult problem. 
In this webinar we will explore the issues, the realities and the approaches to providing this kind of information to stakeholders in the context of an Agile Project.  

Where Do All The Managers Go?

Webinar by Scott W Ambler on February 23, 2016

 Management is so important on agile delivery teams that we do it every single day, but that doesn't imply that  we need team managers. Having said that, there are still some manager roles needed, albeit far fewer than in the  past, when we scale agile both  tactically and strategically within our IT organizations. So where do the rest of  the managers go?

 This presentation examines what happens to traditional managers when their organization adopts agile and  lean strategies.  We  work through the  implications of several critical forces that enable us to thin out the ranks  of middle management.  First, agile methods push many technical  management tasks into the hands of the team, thereby taking that work away from managers.  Second, leadership tasks are assigned to new team roles such as the Product Owner, the Team Lead/Scrum Master, and the Architecture Owner.  Third, the move away from a project-based mindset to a product-based one results in stable teams that require far less functional/resource management.  Fourth, application of business intelligence technologies to implement automated team and portfolio dashboards reduces the need for manual status reporting.  

Some management-oriented work remains.  Teams that haven't yet automated reporting will find that someone needs to track and report progress.  Large teams, also known as program teams, will likely need a Program Manager or more accurately a Program Coordinator.  To support IT-level functions you are likely to need people in roles such as Portfolio Manager, Operations Manager, Help Desk Manager, and Community of Practice (CoP) Lead.  Managers are still clearly needed, but in practice there tends to be far fewer management positions within agile organizations than what we find in traditional ones.  This implies that many existing managers will need to reskill and transition into one of the new agile roles.  The good news is that there is room for everyone within agile if they're willing to learn new skills and change with the times. 

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Disciplined Agile Data Warehousing (DW)/Business Intelligence (BI)

Webinar by Scott W Ambler on January 26, 2016

Is your DW/BI team able to easily respond to changing requirements?  Are your stakeholders ecstatic with what is delivered by your DW/BI team?  Is your DW/BI team able to deliver new changes quickly into production?  If the answer to any of these questions is no, then you likely want to consider adopting a disciplined agile approach to DW/BI development.

A disciplined agile DW/BI team will invest some time with initial requirements modeling, architecture modeling, and planning.  But this will take a few days or maybe a week or two, certainly not months.  They following a usage driven approach they will develop vertical slices of functionality.  These slices fully tested and could potentially be deployed into production at any point in time.  They work in an evolutionary and highly collaborative manner, resulting in quicker time to deliver, higher quality, and greater stakeholder satisfaction.  This isn’t your grandfather’s traditional DW/BI approach.

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Governance, Phases and Milestones, are not Agile Dirty Words! 

Webinar by Mark Lines on November 24, 2015

Despite claims to the contrary, the need for governance does not disappear for agile projects. Your project sponsors have a  right to know the status of the health and risk of their investments. But trying to blend traditional agile methods such as  Scrum with traditional stage gate approaches can cause frustration for both project teams and their stakeholders. Disciplined Agile (DA) provides straightforward and common sense ideas for applying governance in a lightweight fashion for agile projects. DA has been adopted organization-wide in some very large companies and in many cases the primary motivations have been related to its hybrid method approach as well as the built-in governance that it provides. In this talk Mark reviews the four DA lifecycles along with their associated phases and milestones. He will explain which milestones are highly recommended vs those that are considered optional. He will show how a lightweight Vision statement created in Inception can be used as a governance mechanism for moderating uncontrolled change that often happens on agile projects. 

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Crushed By Technical Debt? 

Webinar by Scott Ambler on October 21, 2015

Technical debt” refers to any quality issues within the implementation of an IT solution that hampers your ability to work with or evolve that solution.  Technical debt is often thought of as a source code problem, but it also occurs in your user interface design, in your data sources, in your network  architecture, and in many other places.   This presentation explores disciplined agile strategies to avoid technical debt in the first place, to remove existing technical debt, and how to fund the removal of technical debt.  Industry data regarding technical debt       will be shared.

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DAD has evolved to "Disciplined Agile 2.0" 

Webinar by Mark Lines on September 17, 2015

    The Consortium recently introduced a poster for Disciplined Agile 2.0 and it has become the new landing page on the Disciplined Agile website.

In this webinar Mark describes the rationale for the poster, how it should be interpreted, and how it can be used to access DA content in a more consumable way. 

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Disciplined Agile Offshoring: Making it Work for Both the Customer and the Service Provider

Webinar by Scott Ambler on June 25, 2015


     During this presentation you will learn:

  • What the Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) framework is
  • The risks associated with offshoring
  • Disciplined agile offshoring from the point of view of the customer
  • Disciplined agile offshoring from the point of view of the service provider
  • What you need to do to succeed at disciplined agile offshoring
  • Industry statistics regarding agile offshoring in practice
  • Criteria to determine if you’re ready for offshoring IT delivery projects
  • Related resources:
  • Read Scott's blog where he answers the questions posed during the webinar 
  • Watch the recording of the webinar on Webex (to get credit for doing so, needed to renew your certification in the future)
  • View the slide deck


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