What is Disciplined Agile
Disciplined agile can be defined as a process decision toolkit that helps optimize the processes according to each project’s specific needs. It is a Disciplined Agile delivery methodologies like XP, Scrum, Kanban, etc.
Disciplined Agile guides persons, teams, and organizations to optimize their processes. It provides a foundation for business enhancement by showing how various activities like software development, IT Operations, Finance, Procurement, Portfolio Management, and Enterprise Architecture can collaborate and work together. It provides a wide range of customized, context-sensitive ideas and helps make better decisions.
History of Disciplined Agile
In 2009, Scott Ambler and Mark Lines started the development of DAD (Disciplined Agile Delivery), a software development portion of DA (Disciplined Agile). In 2012, Disciplined Agile was officially introduced through the book, Disciplined Agile Delivery.
In 2015, a Disciplined Agile framework, called Disciplined Agile 2.0, was developed. A second layer, Disciplined DevOps, and a third layer, called Disciplined Agile IT(DAIT), was added.
In 2017, Disciplined Agile 3.0 was released with the introduction of the fourth layer called Disciplined Agile Enterprise (DAE). In 2018, Disciplined Agile 4.0, which was referred to as Disciplined Agile Toolkit, was released. It provided the complete process range required for business agility.
In 2019, Disciplined Agile was acquired by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Today Disciplined Agile is the second leading Agile framework in the world, just behind Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).
Advantages of Disciplined Agile
Agile products like SAFe and Scrum can be used to run large programs consisting of many teams, but Discipline Agile can be used for both large programs many teams as well as small programs with even just one team.
Disciplined Agile uses a goal-based strategy and a flexible procedure. This allows the team to choose their own strategy, methods, and frameworks that work for them. This freedom ensures better engagement from the team.
The relevance of Discipline Agile is not restricted to just one area, and it enhances the overall business agility. If DA is important to just one team, say the marketing team of the organization. Still, the success of the marketing team will benefit marketing, sales, and procurement as they are interconnected.
It improves the market competitiveness. As customer delight is one of the principles of Disciplined Agile, a better product will make the customers happy. This will ensure customer loyalty, thereby making your organization more untouchable for business rivals.
As Disciplined Agile is a hybrid of various Agile methodologies, it chooses the best elements from each of them. Actually, it is developed to fill the gaps unaddressed by the Agile SAFe methodology.
Disadvantages of Disciplined Agile
Since disciplined agile has no rigid guidelines, new organizations may find it difficult to cope up, and it may not be successful for organizations preparing for a transition from the traditional methodology to agile methodology.
Due to the lack of strict guidelines, organizations planning to switch to a disciplined agile framework may have to opt for professional consultants, which can be very expensive.
Disciplined agile will be perfect for highly experienced agile teams, but for those newly transitioning into the agile framework, disciplined agile may be somewhat expensive.